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RENCONTRES INÉDITES II

BOUCHKOV – LOZAKOVICH – TEH ENGSTROEM – MAISKY – PLETNEV / GRIEG, BEETHOVEN SHCHEDRIN & BRAHMS
Classical music titans Mischa Maisky and Mikhaïl Pletnev are joined by violinists Marc Bouchkov and Daniel Lozakovich and violist Blythe Teh Engstroem for one of the Festival’s iconic Rencontres Inédites. The concert features Rodion Shchedrin’s mischievous Three Funny Pieces and works by Brahms, Beethoven and Grieg.
Programme

EDVARD GRIEG (1843-1907)
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor Op. 45
(Lozakovich, Pletnev) 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major Op. 5 No. 1 

RODION SHCHEDRIN (1932- )
« Three Funny Pieces » for violin, cello and piano
(Lozakovich, Maisky, Pletnev) 

Interval 

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor Op. 60
(Bouchkov, Teh Engström, Maisky, Pletnev) 

Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 starts with a bravura unison; a theme and variations follows, before a twinkle-toed closing rondo. His First Cello Sonata of 1797 is one of a pair written for Jean-Pierre Duport, first cellist at the Berlin court of King Friedrich Wilhelm II. Piano leads in its slow introduction, before an Allegro full of major-minor switches, and a rustic Rondo finale. Shchedrin’s Three Funny Pieces of 1997 begins with an awkward ‘Conversation’, then while ‘Let’s Plan an Opera by Rossini’ parodies recitative and aria, it’s ‘Humoreske’ that actually has the players sing. Brahms’s Third Piano Trio was possibly inspired by Goethe’s hero, Werther, whose love for a married woman – Brahms’s own fate – drives him to shoot himself. Its opening anguished two-note phrase appears to intone, ‘Clara’ (Schumann), and after a driven Scherzo and calmer Andante, its tense Finale ends with gunshot-esque abruptness.

Pre-concert