Čiurlionis Quartet and Ralf Taal
FRANZ SCHUBERT – Piano sonata in B flat major, D 960
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK – Piano quintet No. 2, Op. 81 in A major
In 2018, Čiurlionis Quartet, a recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize, has marked its 50th creative anniversary and also offered a number of memorable concerts in celebration of the Centennial of the Restored State of Lithuania: appeared in Aalborg (Denmark), Antwerp (Belgium), L’Aquila and Palermo (Italy), and various international festivals in Lithuania. The Quartet’s programmes reveal its rich experience and artistic priorities, as well as active collaborations with international performers. This time the Quartet shares the stage with Ralf Taal, one of the leading Estonian pianists especially admired for the 19th-century music interpretations. The list of his awards includes first prize in Grieg Competition (Tallinn), special prize in Schubert Competition (Dortmund) and Music Endowment award of the year (2011). He has recorded CD Sound Magic featuring Chopin’s piano works. This afternoon the pianist teams up with Čiurlionis Quartet in Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s Second Piano Quintet – one of the finest chamber music examples. In his solo part of the programme the pianist offers the majestic Sonata in B flat major by his favourite composer Schubert. Written during Schubert’s last years, this composition is considered to be one of his most idiosyncratic and significant opuses, in which the swift musical flow is intertwined with lyrical emotion and tempestuous experience.