Wang Chamber Music Series
Mid-19th and 20th Century Chamber Music
Lilya Zilberstein, piano
Chopin — Variations brillantes
Ravel — String Quartet
Shostakovich — Piano Trio No. 2
Visiting soloist Lilya Zilberstein joins members of the Naples Philharmonic for this exciting program of chamber music. The performance begins with Chopin’s rarely heard Variations brillantes, based on the melody to a then-popular operatic theme “I Sell Seashells” by Ferdinand Hérold.
In the middle is Ravel’s wonderful String Quartet. Originally rejected by even the man to whom Ravel dedicated the piece, the work was so poorly received that Ravel left the Conservatoire de Paris. But the public and, eventually, other musicians rallied behind him and the piece. DeBussy implored Ravel, “In the name of the gods of music and in my own, do not touch a single note you have written in your Quartet.”
The concert concludes with Shostakovich’s anguished Piano Trio No. 2. A mournful, sometimes agitated piece, it was written in 1944 after the death of his closest and dearest friend, Ivan Sollertinsky.
“Probably the most terrible and gloom-ridden of Shostakovich’s works, the Second Trio is the only one in which there is neither relief nor reconciliation, where the forces of evil, destructions and death prevail.” —Solomon Volkov
Sponsored by a generous gift from David & Cecile Wang. Part of the Wang Chamber Music series.