Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73
Thomas Cosbey and Kathlyn Stevens, violins; Patrick Horn, viola; Peter Cosbey, cello
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds
Doris Dungan, flute; Gwendolyn Buttemer, oboe; E-Chen Hsu, clarinet; Josh Marshall, bassoon; Damian Rivers-Moore, horn; and Christina Faye, piano
Contrast is the theme, as we explore music from just before and just after World War II. String Quartet No. 3 written in Russia, just after the war finished, is considered one of Shostakovich’s best. It features an astonishing range of textures, musical effects and brilliant part writing, resulting in a piece that is darkly profound and emotionally impactful.
Poulenc’s Sextet, written in the years leading up to the war is from another world. It is a masterpiece of French sophistication and offers a mix of elegance, wit and enticing charm, all in a virtuosic framework.