Mendelssohn on Fire

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Mendelssohn’s dazzling first trio raised the bar of excitement for all piano trios to come. Before listeners rise to their feet at the finale’s conclusion, they’ll be left breathless by Schubert’s and Mendelssohn’s turbulent string quartets. Mozart’s sublimely meditative Adagio briefly breaks this program’s whirlwind pace before the fleet-fingered Mendelssohn has the final word.

Schubert                           Quartettsatz in C minor for Strings, D. 703 (1820)
Mendelssohn                    Quartet in E minor for Strings, Op. 44, No. 2 (1837)
Mozart                              Adagio in B minor for Piano, K. 540 (1788)
Mendelssohn                    Trio No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 49 (1839)

Jeffrey Kahane, piano • Arnaud Sussmann, violin • David Finckel, cello • Escher String Quartet • Adam Barnett-Hart, violin • Aaron Boyd, violin • Pierre Lapointe, viola • Brook Speltz, cello 

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