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May 18

Chamber concert

Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
17:00 Uhr

As a composer, Shostakovich constantly oscillated between resistance and acquiescence. His Piano Quintet of 1940 hit a nerve: both press and audiences were enthusiastic – and the composer himself, usually the butt of official bullying, was even awarded the Stalin Prize, First Class, which came with the sizeable endowment of 100,000 roubles. The Quintet’s five voices often coalesce into a single sound source of colossal menace. As well as a prominent fugue, its »hit« moment is the rhythmically razor-sharp Scherzo – and in the finale, the work’s brooding features dissolve at long last in Slavic high jinks. Dvořák’s music too always shows numerous folk-like elements: you could no more argue over him, people said, than over the arrival of spring: his music had a heavenly, natural flow, humour, and refreshing vitality. A wonderful example is his Piano Quintet op. 81, premiered in 1888 in Prague – the product of sheer chance, so the story goes: Dvořák was rummaging around for his first Piano Quintet, op. 5, but couldn’t find it, and instead of spending ages searching for it he just composed a new one – it’s only scored for five instruments, but delivers musical intoxication on a symphonic scale!

Melina Kim-Guez Violin
Vladislav Popyalkovsky Violin
Wolfram Hauser Viola
Marius Urba Violoncello
Vita Kan Piano (guest)

Dmitri Schostakowitsch Klavierquintett g-Moll op. 57
Antonín Dvořák Klavierquintett A-Dur op. 81