Wednesday / August 26 / 7:30 p.m. / Church of St. Barbara
SHOSTAKOVICH – ELGAR
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sring Quartet in E flat minor, No. 15, Op. 144
Roman Patočka, Helena Jiříkovská – violin, Karel Untermüller – viola, Jiří Bárta – cello
Edward Elgar: Quintet for Piano and String Quartet in A minor, Op. 84
Terezie Fialová – piano, Roman Patočka, Helena Jiříkovská – violin, Karel Untermüller – viola, Lukáš Polák – cello
The life of Dmitri Shostakovich was marred by the monstrous policies of the Soviet Union´s Stalinist regime. Inevitably, this had to leave its imprint in his music, with its suggestive undertones of tragicomedy, bitter irony and powerlessness. The last of his fifeen string quartets is embued with the spirit of parting, sorrow and resignation. Its six movements (Elegy; Serenade; Intermezzo; Nocturne; Funeral March; and Epilogue) are closely knit. Significantly, the composer pares down the texture here to a mere two voices.
The entire chamber output of the British composer Edward Elgar (1857-1934), best known for his Enigma Variations or Cello Concerto, dates from the same year, 1918. As most of these compositions, the Piano Quintet echoes the atmosphere of that summer spent at Brinkwells, the Elgars´ Sussex summer residence. Like the rest of his compositional legacy, this work, too, exemplifies a musical language anchored firmly in the Romantic spirit of the 19th century.
sleeve-note: Dita Hradecká / translation: Ivan Vomáčka