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*The Program

Anton Arensky: Quartet No. 2 in A minor for Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos, Op. 35

Modest Mussorgsky:* Pesni i plyaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death) for Bass and Piano featuring bass, Morris Robinson*

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50
p. *Artists

  • Morris Robinson, bass
  • Ian Swensen, Joseph Swensen, violin
  • Paul Neubauer, viola
  • Julie Albers, Ralph Kirshbaum, cello
  • Wu Han, Ken Noda, piano

The “Russian soul” seemed predestined for the emotional utterances of 19th-century composers, and two of the most passionate of the lot were the strongly nationalistic Mussorgsky, whose Songs and Dances of Death are as macabre and mesmerizing as a Dostoevsky novel, and Tchaikovsky, whose immense Piano Trio was written as a memorial to his recently departed friend and mentor Nikolai Rubinstein.

Tchaikovsky’s action started a trend in Russian music, and a year after Tchaikovsky died he was similarly remembered through the Quartet for Strings by his follower Anton Arensky, written for an unorthodox and dark-hued grouping of violin, viola, and two cellos.

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