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The Trio Karénine perform Dvorak's epic Trio No. 3 alongside two ‘little’ works by Suk: the early Trio Op.2, polished under the guidance of Dvorak himself, and a poignant elegy in memory of the great Czech man of letters Zeyer. This is the very heart of Bohemia. BELOW: Antonin Dvorak, Trio op. 65 en F minor, IV. Finale. Allegro con brio:
Cellist Joanna Sachryn and pianist Paul Rivinius present works by Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer, as well as selected works by his famous Russian colleague Dimitri Shostakovich. Polish cellist Joanna Sachryn writes about Meyer’s Cello Sonata: "In it I discovered the same emotional state that my life – especially around the year it was written in 1984 – was going through from a musical point of view." And on the music of Dimitri Shostakovich: "In this music I discovered for myself the reflection on the certain 'madness of everyday life' behind the Iron Curtain, which shaped my youth." BELOW: Krzysztof Meyer's Sonata No. 1 for Cello & Piano, Op. 62: II. Furioso
The American ensemble Beo String Quartet's new recording "131" is named for Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C # Minor, Op. 131. In addition to the Beethoven, it includes Missy Mazzoli’s “Enthusiasm Strategies” and "19/20" by Beo violist and composer Sean Neukom. "Beo" derives from Latin and means "to make happy." The Pittsburg-based musicians were already in their late 20s when they decided to create the ensemble in 2015. The Beo String Quartet plays classical repertoire, contemporary, rock, and experimental music with equal enthusiasm. BELOW: "Enthusiasm Strategies" by Missy Mazzoli:
Mozart's last three violin concerto were composed when he was 20 years old. Melodically inventive, structurally rich, and showing complexity in the dialogue between the soloist and the orchestra, these works represent important milestones, not only in Mozart’s output, but also in the concerto genre in general. Often recorded, these concertos are presented here in a new version: in accordance with practices of the time, Kristian Bezuidenhout improvises a pianoforte part. Played in period style. BELOW: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219: III. Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto:
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