Sir András Schiff, Petr Hejný, members of Panocha Quartet
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Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall
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ABOUT THE CONCERT
Together, Antonín Dvořák’s two piano quintets, separated by his Bagatelles, create a grand structure reminiscent of the form of old Italian opera overtures: three-part compositions with a contrasting middle section, all written in a single creative breath. Of course, Dvořák’s music has no need for a great drama to follow – the music stands up magnificently all on its own. The evening’s protagonist will be the fantastic pianist Sir András Schiff, who is an artist-in-residence at this year’s festival and who has long devoted himself to performing Dvořák’s piano music. He gave an unforgettable performance of Dvořák’s Piano Concerto in G Minor, when he joined forces 20 years ago with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Prague Chamber Philharmonic.
Dvořák’s piano quintets, a key part of the programming for this year’s Dvořák Collection series, are both in the same key, but their dates are separated by a span of 15 years. The first (1872) shows us Dvořák at the age of 30, at the threshold of an individual, original identity as a composer. The second quintet is the work of a mature artist who knows exactly what he wants and is able to realise his intentions. The Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major is rightly one of the most acclaimed compositions of its genre. Between the two quintets, the five-movement Bagatelles serve as a colourful interlude of bright musical immediacy. Adding yet another delight to the evening will be Sir András playing the harmonium, which the score of this work calls for.
Bagatelles for Two Violins, Cello and Harmonium, Op. 47, B. 79
Piano Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 5, B. 28
Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81, B. 155
SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF piano
PETR HEJNÝ violoncello
members of Panocha Quartet
JIŘÍ PANOCHA 1. violin
PAVEL ZEJFART 2. violin
MIROSLAV SEHNOUTKA viola