Event 3Festival Artists:
Friday 22 September | 7:30pm
£15.00 (£5.00 under 18s)
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York
Beethoven - Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat Major, op. 97, “Archduke”
Schubert - Quintet in C Major for Strings, Op. 163, D. 956
Magnus Johnston, Martyn Jackson violins
Sarah-Jane Bradley viola, Pierre Doumenge, Tim Lowe cellos
Andrew Brownell piano
In this concert we hear two of the greatest masterpieces of chamber music. The ‘Archduke’ is one of the great aristocrats among piano trios. Beethoven himself, by now nearly deaf, played the piano at the first performance and it was the last time he played in public. It was the last of his sixteen piano trios and the vast proportions, emotional depth and grandeur of the ‘Archduke’ have never been surpassed. So he left behind this genre as he turned his attention to the string quartet for the outpouring of his final chamber music works.
Schubert did not follow Mozart and Beethoven, both of whom added a second viola to the normal string quartet for their quintets. Schubert decided instead to add a second cello, which changes the sound world to one that is darker, more sonorous. It was his last major chamber music work because two months after finishing the quintet Schubert died in Vienna, age 31, 1828. In the String Quintet Schubert, certainly knowing he was dying, had composed a transcendental, deeply intense and intoxicatingly beautiful affirmation of his life, and ours.
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