Russian Elegy

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Thursday, December 4, 7.30PM
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021

Zlatomir Fung
, cello
Misha Keylin, violin
Pavel Nersessian, piano

Lyadov - Pieces for Piano
Glinka - Trio Pathetique
Tchaikovsky - Trio in A minor, Op. 50

‘I have known love only through the unhappiness it causes’, wrote the 28-year-old Glinka on the title page of his Trio pathétique. Later he found fulfillment in the music, culture and spiritual life of the Russian people. In so doing, he turned his back on chamber music, but this remarkably fresh and expressive work proved influential for his younger compatriots, including Tchaikovsky. Prone to extreme mood swings, Tchaikovsky wrote in 1880 that he could not bear the combination of piano with violin or cello. Only a year later, when his friend and mentor Nikolai Rubinstein died, he created a magnificent work for – piano trio! It ranges from profound grief in the first movement to joyous recollection in the finale, plunging back into desolation at the end. Piano miniatures by Lyadov act as worthy scene-setters for these two titanic trios.

NB: The banner above is a fragment of the painting Elegy (1893) by Apollinary Vasnetsov (1856–1933)