Jean Françaix (1912-1997) was a French neoclassical composer, pianist, and orchestrator, known for his prolific output and vibrant style. His quartet from 1971, with the unconventional combination of English horn and strings, bears the mark of fun. The cheerful and witty character of Francaix´s music can be experienced at today´s Chamber Music with a View.
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 is special for several reasons. It was written in 1944, in the midst of World War II. The composition was dedicated to Shostakovich's good friend, Ivan Sollertinsky, a Russian polymath and avid musician, who had recently died. The composer was also in grief for the Holocaust victims after the Russians began the liberation of the death camps. Shostakovich builds for the first time in a Jewish theme in one of his compositions, using twist of klezmer into the last movement of the trio. The work received its premiere in Leningrad on 14 November 1944.
Erik Waldejer, obo, (picture), Naho Nayuki, violin, Beatrice Bjørnsen, viola, Jaakko Pulakka, cello
Ida Mo Schanche, piano, Blythe Press, violin, Liv Opdal, cello