Manhattan Chamber Players is committed to working with every presenter or concert host to create exciting programs.  If you have a specific work or chamber combination in mind, we will do everything we can to accommodate that wish.  Below are themed programs MCP is presenting for its 2016 – 2017 season, followed by a list of sample programs in a more standard format.

For a full repertoire list, please scroll down.

Themed Programs 2016 – 2017

 

“World Travelers”

Astor Piazzolla: Four for Tango (1989)

Vivian Fung: Pizzicato (2001)

Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb Major, Op. 87 (1887)

Intermission

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1890)

 

“Homage”

W.A. Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421 (1783)

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello (1922)

Intermission

Anton Arensky: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35 (1895)

 

“Youthful Perspectives”

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 20 (1825)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 (1925) – Scherzo

Intermission

Chris Rogerson: Shadows Lengthen (2015)

Ernest Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21 (1891)

 

“The Autumnal Clarinet”

Richard Strauss: Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85 (1941)

Chris Rogerson: Four Autumn Landscapes (2007)

Intermission

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891)

 

“A Year in Gabriel Fauré’s Life: A Love Story”

Gabriel Fauré: Berceuse, Op. 16 (1878)

Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 13 (1877)

Intermission

Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 (1877)

 

“Tragedy and Triumph”

Johannes Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano in Eb major, Op. 40 (1865)

Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114 (1939)

Intermission

Antonín Dvořák: Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65 (1883)

 

“Life and Death”

Johannes Brahms: String Quintet in G major, Op. 111 (1890)

Franz Schubert: Fantasia in F minor, D. 940 (1828)

Intermission

Ernest Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21 (1891)

 

Standard Format Programs

 

Program # 1
(Piano Quintet group)

This is a program constructed around the influences of folk music and nationalism finding its way into great works in the chamber repertoire, in varying degrees and under vastly different circumstances.  From the Argentinian Tango music central to Astor Piazzolla’s compositions to the Chinese folk music and Indonesian gamelan music that have been so important to Vivian Fung, this influence from pioneers of nationalist and folk music like Antonín Dvořák continue to inspire composers to this day.  Rounding out the first half is Dmitri Shostakovich’s epic Piano Quintet, which in five powerful movements encapsulates the composer’s own feelings about Europe at war and his country being ripped apart.

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
Four for Tango (1989)

Vivian Fung (b. 1975)
Pizzicato for String Quartet (2001)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57 (1940)

 Intermisson

Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb major, Op. 87 (1889)

 Encore

Béla Bartók: Selection from 44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz. 98 (1931)

 

Program #2 
(Piano Quintet group)

 

W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Piano Quartet in Eb major, K. 493 (1786)

Chris Rogerson (b. 1988)
River Songs for Piano Trio (2014)

Intermission

Vivian Fung (b. 1975)
Pizzicato for String Quartet (2003)

Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81 (1887)

Encore

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57 (1940) – III. Scherzo: Allegretto

 

Program #3 
(String Quintet with two cellos group)

This program celebrates the rich heritage of Russian chamber music and its development into the 20th century. These four Russian composers took very different approaches to writing chamber music, with Shostakovich largely influenced and molded as a composer by the censorship and oppression of his own government, Arensky and Glazunov far more partial to the music of Western Europe, and Stravinsky caught up in the jazz phenomenon of the 1920s with his Concertino for string quartet.

Anton Arensky (1861 – 1906)
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
String Quartet No. 7 in F# minor, Op. 108 (1960)

Intermission

Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971)
Concertino for String Quartet (1920)

Alexander Glazunov (1865 – 1936)
String Quintet in A major, Op. 39 (1892)

Encore

Shostakovich: Polka from The Golden Age for String Quartet (1931)

 

Program #4 
(String Quintet with two cellos group)

Anton Arensky (1861 – 1906)
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35

Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971)
Concertino for String Quartet (1920)

Intermission

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
String Quintet in C major, D. 956 (1828)

Encore

Astor Piazzolla:  Four for Tango (1989)

Program #5 
(String Quintet with two violas group)

This program is centered around the theme of works composers wrote having reached the ends of their careers. For Mozart, this was his last work of chamber music; for Janáček’s, this “manifesto on love” was his final composition. Also one of Mendelssohn’s final compositions, the second string quintet shows a former child prodigy at the end of a short but amazing journey from youthful brilliance to emotional maturity.

 
W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
String Quintet in Eb major, K. 614 (1791)

Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928)
String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (1928)

Intermission

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
String Quintet No. 2 in Bb major, Op. 87 (1845)

Encore

W.A. Mozart: String Quintet in D major, K. 593 (1790) – III. Menuetto: Allegretto

 

Program #6 
(String Quintet with two violas group)

W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
String Quintet in Eb major, K. 614 (1791)

Vivian Fung (b. 1975)
String Quartet No. 2 (2009)

Intermission

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
String Quintet in G major, Op. 111 (1890)

Encore

Dvořák: “Oh dear soul, only one” (No. 9 from Cypresses)

 

Program #7 
(Piano Quartet group)

This program focuses on the rich tradition of Czech chamber music composition. With Smetana as the grandfather of Czech nationalist music and Dvořák refining that craft, composers like Leoš Janáček were influenced in ways that profoundly contributed to their unique musical language.

Bedřich Smetana (1824 – 1884)
Piano Trio in G minor (1855)

Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1914)

Intermission

Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb major, Op. 87 (1889)

Encore

Dvořák: Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky” (1891) – VI. Lento maestoso

 

Program #8 
(Piano Quartet group)

 
There is something special about French music: a “je ne sais quoi” held together by a colorful perfume of exotic sounds and timbres. In this program, MCP will create an evening that transports the audience to a smoky brasserie in Paris.   The program is centered around the story of a young Gabriel Fauré, his love for a woman, their subsequent engagement, and his musical response at it eventually being broken off. These works are paired with Maurice Ravel’s sole Piano Trio.  Having studied with Fauré, Ravel took the subtle coloring and intimate writing he learned from his teacher and added to it the virtuosity and charm that make this piece one of the best-loved works in the entire chamber repertoire.

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Berceuse, Op. 16 (1879)

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 (1877)

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Piano Trio in A minor (1914)

Intermission

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 (1879)

Encore

Fauré (arr. Luke Fleming): Après un Rêve, Op. 7 no. 1 (1878)

 

Program #9 
(Piano Quartet group)

W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Piano Quartet in Eb major, K. 493 (1786)

Chris Rogerson (b. 1988)
Summer Night Music for Piano Quartet (2012)

Intermission

Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no. 1 (1878) (arr. Luke Fleming)

Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 (1879)

Encore

Gabriel Fauré: Berceuse, Op. 16 (1879)

Program #10 
(String Sextet group)

This program takes is inspired by the relationship of music and words–whether a piece written as an ode to a specific place after a memorable visit (Tchaikovsky), one taken from an opera whose theme is a debate whether music or poetry is the higher art (Strauss), or a work that sets a great Expressionist poem to music (Schoenberg).  Chris Rogerson’s “Shadows Lengthen” was written as his grandmother was passing away, and is his poignant farewell to her loving memory.

Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85 (1942)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874 – 1951)
Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1899)

Intermission

Chris Rogerson (b. 1988)
Shadows Lengthen (2015)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1890)

Encore

Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in Bb major, Op. 18 (1860) – III. Scherzo: Allegro molto

 

Program #11
(String Octet group)

 This program focuses on the theme of youth. Mendelssohn’s Octet, composed when he was only 16 years old, is nothing short of a musical miracle—completely emotionally developed but filled with prodigious brilliance. It, along with Schubert’s Cello Quintet, was the main influence for Enescu’s Octet, composed when he was only 19.  Also 19 when he wrote his Two Pieces for String Octet, there is a fresh, gleeful zaniness in this work by Shostakovich that one rarely associates with the music of a man whose music was under watchful scrutiny for most of the rest of his life.

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
Octet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 20 (1825)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 (1925)

Intermission

George Enescu (1881 – 1955)
Octet for Strings in C major, Op. 7 (1900)

Encore

Mendelssohn (arr. Luke Fleming): Andante tranquillo from Organ Sonata in A major, Op. 65 no. 3 (1845)

 


Manhattan Chamber Players
Full Repertoire List

 

Anton Arensky:  String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35 (1895)

Béla Bartók:  Selections from 44 Duos, Sz. 98 (1931)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Duo “With Two Eyeglasses Obbligato,” WoO 32 (1797)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (1825)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Serenade in D major, Op. 8 (1797)

Ludwig van Beethoven:  String Quartet in F major, Op. 135 (1826)

Ludwig van Beethoven:  String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 (1801)

Ludwig van Beethoven:  String Trio in G major, Op. 9 no. 1 (1797)

Ludwig van Beethoven:  String Trio in D major, Op. 9 no. 2 (1797)

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891)

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (1861)

Johannes Brahms:  Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 (1875)

Johannes Brahms:  Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (1864)

Johannes Brahms:  Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8 (1854)

Johannes Brahms: Sonatensatz in C minor (1853)

Johannes Brahms:  String Quintet in G major, Op. 111 (1890)

Johannes Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in Bb major, Op. 18 (1860)

Johannes Brahms:  String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36 (1865)

Johannes Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 (1891)

Ernest Chausson:  Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21 (1891)

Ernő Dohnányi:  Serenade in C major for String Trio, Op. 10 (1902)

Antonín Dvořák:  Intermezzo in B major, Op. 40 (1875)

Antonín Dvořák:  Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 23 (1875)

Antonín Dvořák:  Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb major, Op. 87 (1889)

Antonín Dvořák:  Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81 (1888)

Antonín Dvořák:  Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky” (1891)

Antonín Dvořák: Romance, Op. 11 (1877)

Antonín Dvořák:  String Quintet in Eb major, Op. 97 (1893)

Antonín Dvořák:  String Sextet in A major, Op. 48 (1878)

George Enescu:  Octet for Strings in C major, Op. 7 (1900)

Gabriel Fauré:  Après un rêve, Op. 7 no. 1 (1878) (arr. Luke Fleming)

Gabriel Fauré:  Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 (1879)

Gabriel Fauré:  Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 (1877)

Vivian Fung:  Pizzicato for String Quartet (2001)

Vivian Fung:  Sketch for Solo Cello and Electronics (2015) World Premiere

Vivian Fung:  String Quartet No. 2 (2009)

Alexander Glazunov:  String Quintet in A major, Op. 39 (1892)

Leoš Janáček:  Sonata for Violin and Piano (1914)

Leoš Janáček:  String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (1928)

JP Jofre:  Sweet Dreams (2011), Milongon (2012), and Hard Tango (2012)

Gideon Klein:  String Trio (1944)

Felix Mendelssohn (arr. Luke Fleming): Andante tranquillo from Organ Sonata in A major, Op. 65 no. 3 (1845)

Felix Mendelssohn:  Octet in Eb major, Op. 20 (1825)

Felix Mendelssohn:  Piano Quartet No. 2 in F minor, Op. 2 (1823)

Felix Mendelssohn:  Sextet in D major for Violin, Two Violas, Cello, Double Bass, and Piano, Op. 110 (1824)

Felix Mendelssohn:  String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13 (1827)

Felix Mendelssohn:  String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80 (1847)

Felix Mendelssohn:  String Quintet in Bb major, Op. 87 (1845)

W.A. Mozart:  Divertimento No. 1 in D major, K. 136 (1771)

W.A Mozart:  Divertimento in Eb major for String Trio, K. 563 (1788)

W.A Mozart:  Duo for Violin and Viola in G major, K. 423 (1783)

W.A. Mozart:  Piano Quartet in Eb major, K. 493 (1786)

W.A. Mozart: String Quintet in D major, K. 593 (1790)

W.A. Mozart:  String Quintet in Eb major, K. 614 (1791)

Astor Piazzolla:  Five Tango Sensations for String Quartet and Bandoneon (1989)

Astor Piazzolla:  Four for Tango (1989)

Maurice Ravel:  Piano Trio in A minor (1914)

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello (1922)

Maurice Ravel:  String Quartet in F major (1903)

Chris Rogerson:  River Songs for Piano Trio (2014)

Chris Rogerson:  Shadows Lengthen (2015) World Premiere

Chris Rogerson:  Summer Night Music for Piano Quartet (2012)

Arnold Schoenberg:  Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1899)

Franz Schubert: Fantasia in F minor, D. 940 (1828)

Franz Schubert:  String Quintet in C major, D. 956 (1828)

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57 (1940)

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Polka from The Golden Age for String Quartet (1931)

Dmitri Shostakovich:  String Quartet No. 7 in F# minor, Op. 108 (1960)

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 (1925)

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Three Duets for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 97 (1955)

Bedřich Smetana:  Piano Trio in G minor (1855)

Richard Strauss:  Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85 (1942)

Igor Stravinsky:  Concertino for String Quartet (1920)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:  Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1890)

Twitter