IMF Kutná Hora 2017

13th IMF KH programme – 16th concert

Saturday / June 13 / 7:30 p.m. / Church of St. Barbara



Franz Schubert: Movement  for String Quartet (“Quartettsatz”) in C minor, D 703

Aron Quartett


Franz Schubert: Sonata for piano in G major, D 894

Imogen Cooper – piano



Franz Schubert: Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double-bass in A major, D 667

Aron Quartett, Imogen Cooper – piano, Pavel Nejtek – double-bass

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In Schubert´s relatively short life (“relatively” since it was abundantly filled by an incredibly vast creative output), the Quartet Movement in C minor marked the beginning of his mature period. The standard pattern of contrasting themes being treated on a scale of four movements, is condensed here within the space of a single movement. It is now often used by string quartets as an encore. Here, its combination of dramatic suspense and lyrical tunefulness provide an apt prelude to a large-scale piano sonata.

Franz Schubert´s piano output is commensurable with that of Beethoven. And yet, listening to their music one is only seldom reminded of the fact that the two of them lived in the same place, at the same time. The Sonata in G major is one of Schubert´s last works in the genre. Its themes expand across an unusually wide scale, with a predominance of lyrical and songlike attributes, inducing the feelings of peaceful rest. Of particular charm here is a minuet with an echo of laendler in the trio part.

The popularity of the five-movement “Forellenquintett” (Trout Quintet), once again using a song theme for the variations, is by no means due solely to the final movement´s cheerful tune evoking the sprightly fish. The composition as a whole exemplifies entertaining yet at the same time sophisticated chamber music. An unusual feature is the inclusion of double-bass which propells the stream of music with rhythmic impulses, adding it an additional degree of sonic appeal.

sleeve-note: Dita Hradecká / translation: Ivan Vomáčka