Bedřich SmetanaPiano Trio in G minor op.15 Johannes BrahmsSongs for cello and piano Johannes Brahms String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2
Filled with pain and grief over the death of his four-year-old daughter Bedřiška, Bedřich Smetana sought refuge in music and in 1855 composed his piano trio in G minor in just three months. The passionate memory of his beloved girl pervades the entire work and gives it its expressive, highly dramatic basic character. Fantastically beautiful cantilenas collide with jagged sounds like cracks in a picture, which disturb the idyll and give an idea of her tragic fate. After a funeral march in the last movement, any melancholy ends in a pure major sound, as if Smetana had overcome his grief and gained new strength. There is also a veil of melancholy over Brahms' string quartet in A minor from 1873, which only gives way to triumphant gestures in the last movement. Right at the beginning of the quartet, Brahms uses the notes f, a, e to recall the romantic motto of life “Free, but lonely”, which he adopted from his friend Joseph Joachim as a sound cipher in several works. The numerous songs in Brahms' oeuvre testify to his enthusiasm for poetry. Her passionate, poetic content is expressed in this concert even without words, performed by the cello.
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