Piano Quartets – 29th February 2020

Our next concert, to be held on Saturday 29 February, at the usual time of 7pm, promises to be exceptional. It will be first time that we are offering the comparatively rare format of PIANO QUARTETS. 

We regularly host performances of String Quartets, Piano Trios, instrumental duos and soloists – but the great Piano Quartets have not been performed here… until now!

The Greenwich Piano Trio are Yoko Misumi (piano), Lana Trotovsek (violin) and Heather Tuach (cello) – they are of course well known to Maxability audiences. We are delighted that on this occasion they will be joined by Mariam Ruetschi (viola) in the following programme:

Mozart – Piano Quartet in E flat, K 493

This mature work shares a sense of relaxed grandeur with its contemporary Piano Concerto in E flat K 482, displaying a profusion of lyrical themes in the opening movement. The Larghetto second movement is intense and contains an impassioned development section and coda with unexpected twists. Mozart discarded two drafts of the finale’s theme before arriving at the gavotte-like version that satisfied him. The whole movement is laden with an abundance of graceful and piquant melody.

Brahms – Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op 25 (1861)

This quartet is almost orchestral in its texture, sense of colour, scope and range of expression. The finale’s unbridled gypsy music is the fullest expression of Brahms’s love of popular and exotic Hungarian idioms. It is no wonder that Arnold Schoenberg was tempted to give these tendencies full rein when he arranged the work for large orchestra in 1937! 

Mahler – Piano Quartet Movement in A Minor

This brief composition is an early, but deeply moving, work of Gustav Mahler. It is the intended first movement of a piano quartet that apparently was never completed. It is the only surviving piece of chamber music without voice composed by Mahler. 

Because the string players need space to perform, the maximum audience size will be 60. To avoid disappointment please do not delay. For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page.

We look forward to welcoming you on 29th February and thank you, as ever, for your kind support.