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April to conclude with imaginative chamber music from San Francisco Performances

The "virtuoso" trio of violinist Anthony Marwood, clarinetist Martin Fröst, and pianist Marc-André Hamelin
The "virtuoso" trio of violinist Anthony Marwood, clarinetist Martin Fröst, and pianist Marc-André Hamelin
courtesy of San Francisco Performances

By the end of the 2013–2014 season, pianist Marc-André Hamelin will have distinguished himself by performing in three different subscription series offered by San Francisco Performances (SFP). Last November he joined the members of the Pacifica Quartet for a performance of Antonín Dvořák’s Opus 81 quintet in A major for the SFP Chamber Series. He then returned at the end of January to give a solo recital in the Shenson Piano Series. At the end of this month, he will return for a final appearance, this time concluding the SFP Virtuosi Series in the company of violinist Anthony Marwood and clarinetist Martin Fröst.

The program will consist primarily of duo performances, but each half of the program will conclude with a trio. In the first half this will be a suite that Igor Stravinsky prepared for just those three instruments based on movements from his score for Histoire du soldat (soldier’s tale). The concert will then conclude with Contrasts, composed by Béla Bartók in 1938 on a joint commission from violinist Joseph Szigeti and clarinetist Benny Goodman. The original version had only two movements, but Bartók added a slow movement after the first performance of that version. All three movements were performed together for the first time on April 21, 1940 in Carnegie Hall with Bartók on piano joining Szigeti and Goodman.

Only one composer will be represented on the program as composing for both clarinet and violin. In the first half Fröst and Hamelin will perform the first of two pieces that Claude Debussy called “rhapsody.” (The second was composed for saxophone.) In the second half Marwood will join Hamelin to perform one of Debussy’s last works, his only sonata for violin and piano. Fröst will also perform the clarinet sonata composed by Francis Poulenc, and the program will begin with Franz Schubert’s D. 895 rondo in B minor for violin and piano, the only piece to be performed that was not composed in the twentieth century.

This recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the SFJAZZ Center (201 Franklin Street, on the northwest corner of Fell Street) on Monday, April 28. (Note that this is a change of venue from the originally planned use of the Nourse Theater.) Ticket prices are $70, $55, and $38. Tickets may be purchased through the event page on the SFP Web site. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 415-398-6449.