April 9 — 7:30 pm
Venue: Sanders Theatre
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2
Entre Nous for Oboe and String Quartet (2017), BCMS Commission/World Premiere
Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
Beethoven’s use of infinite harmonic subtleties and counter-intuitive key shifts make the Op. 70 Piano Trio, No. 2 one of the greatest contributions to piano trio literature. Known for his versatility and zestful originality, composer David Rakowski, the Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Composition at Brandeis and twice a Pulitzer Prize for Music finalist, will be composing a commission by BCMS for oboe and string quartet to be premiered at this concert. Schumann was the first composer to explore the possibilities of a partnership between string quartet and piano—to great success; the E-flat major quintet is one of the few celebrities in the piano quintet canon. The piano quintet often juxtaposes the full quartet against the force of the piano to create thick textures that convey the funereal and the exuberant with equal depth.