THE HUNGARIAN CONNECTION
Both Brahms and Bartok were influenced by Hungarian folk origins - Brahms wrote sets of Hungarian Dances and incorporated Gypsy tunes in his compositions as we will hear in the Piano Quartet in g. Bartok was drawn to the farmers and peasant dances from the countryside of his homeland. Liberated from traditional tonality, he took it one step further and experimented with polymodality and asymmetrical rhythm, using folk-inspired melodies, intervals and patterns.
The Bartok Sonata is one of the most dramatic pieces of chamber music of the 20th century, truly a piano symphony. It is alternately mysterious, driven, thrilling, and celebratory.
Brahms, Piano quartet no. 1 in g-minor
Bartok, Selections from 44 Duos for two violins
Bartok, Sonata for two pianos and percussion
Ayano Kataoka and Eduardo Leandro, percussion
Gilbert Kalish and Gloria Chien, pianos
Soovin Kim and Daniel Koo, violins
Misha Amory, viola
Wilhelmina Smith, cello
A pre-concert talk takes place at 6:45 pm.
Meet-the-Artists discussion and reception follow the concert.
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