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“Jewish folk music has made a most powerful impression on me. It’s multifaceted, it can appear to be happy while it is tragic. It’s almost always laughter through tears. They express despair in dance music. It is close to my ideas of what music should be. There should always be two layers in music. ”

 

Dmitri Shostakovich

around shostakovich

Sunday 17 October 2021, 15:00

The Hague: Paleiskerk

a piano trio as a tribute to a friend

Ekaterina Levental mezzo-soprano

Frank Peters piano

Daniel Rowland violin

Maja Bogdanović cello

Anna Fedorova piano

 

Programme

Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Trio no. 2 in e-minor, opus 67

Sergei Prokofiev
Five Poems by Anna Akhmatova, opus 27

Mieczysław Weinberg
Jewish Songs

A heated dispute

Shostakovich composed his Second Piano Trio as an in memoriam for his friend Ivan Sollertinsky, who died in Novosibirsk in 1944. It is more of a personal salute than an outlet for the horrors of war. The furious scherzo portrays not a clash of arms, as is often suggested, but a heated dispute between the two friends. A dream team comes together for the trio: Daniel Rowland, Maja Bogdanović and Anna Fedorova.

 

Jewish themes play a prominent role in the trio, which forms a great combination with the Jewish songs by Mieczysław Weinberg,  here performed by mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Levental and pianist Frank Peters. They receive rave reviews for their CD cycle with Medtner’s complete songs and want to make a case for Weinberg too. They will give a preview of this in our festival.

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The Hague: Paleiskerk

Russian documentary on Shostakovich from 1967.

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