Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello No. 1 in B major, Op. 8
JESSICA HUNG concertmaster, violin
CECILIA HUERTA-LAUF cello
CLAIRE-CHUNG LIM piano
DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung has chosen an all-Brahms program for this final Recital Concert of the 2018–2019 season. The repertoire of chamber music from Brahms is some of the most difficult to play because requires the music to sound both intimate and symphonic in scope. The result, however, is some of the most profoundly poetic musical compositions of all time.
The First Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 78, is among Brahms’ most nuanced and gently understated works. It has a nostalgic, autumnal feel characteristic of his mature compositions. The Second Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 99, is an even later work with a heroic, crusading character expressed in both the high and low registers of the instrument. Finally, the B major Piano Trio, Op. 8, which brings together piano, cello, and violin, in contrast is a very early work with a somewhat simpler and more refined style, including a mysterious scherzo in B minor. However, the predominant major tonalities of all three pieces on this program should make for a very uplifting afternoon of thoroughly rich Romantic music in the gorgeous setting of the Dayton Art Institute.