Antonin Dvorak (2008)

Antonin Dvorak

Osiris Trio

Vesko Eschkenazy, Ellen Corver, Larissa Groeneveld

Dovrák Piano Trios in F minor (opus 65) and E minor (opus 90)
Antonin Dvorák is considered to be the most significant Czech composer of the nineteenth century, although he was certainly not the only prominent composer of that period from that area of Europe. Bedrich Smetana and Zdenek Fibich also enjoyed a great reputation. Nonetheless, Dvorák’s fame soon became unparalleled, in the first place probably because his music is such a successful synthesis of Czech - or, more accurately, Bohemian - folk music and Western techniques. And no doubt also because Dvorák was such a ‘natural’ composer: his music sounds so self-evident, so natural, music such as in Western Europe only Schubert was known for. It was precisely this aspect of Dvorák’s art of which Brahms was rightly jealous.
On the other hand, Dvorák had such huge admiration for his older German- Viennese colleague, who had helped him so much and had even organized the first publication of his first volume of Slavonic Dances, that in his 7th Symphony, for example, he quoted a melody from Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto. In terms of form Dvorák’s music does indeed belong totally within the Western tradition: we can draw a straight line from Mozart to him, via Schubert and Brahms, Schubert being the most important composer of songs and folksong-like melodies, and Brahms being above all the master builder, the direct heir of Beethoven. And yet neither of these possessed that special quality which made Dvorák so unique, namely the ability to write totally natural melodies, which at one and the same time, and in all modesty, were capable of accompanying another melody, but also, just as easily and entirely independently, of producing amazing contrapuntal constructions, and, on top of all that, of inviting everyone to dance. Brahms once remarked with some envy that he wished he could even write a tune such as Dvorák could write just for an accompanying voice... Ultimately Dvorák was a particularly engaging man, for whom human relations, love of friends and colleagues, loyalty and intense emotions were central to everything he did and didn’t do. In that respect he was much more gregarious than ‘the hedgehog’ Brahms. In their mutual friendship Dvorák enjoyed the fact that in his presence Brahms was more cheerful and relaxed than otherwise. In a letter to Simrock in 1883 he wrote that, when Brahms was in such a good mood, he could definitely love him; he is pleased with the role that he can fulfil in that way for Brahms. It is that intense, warm-hearted and usually good-humoured quality which Dvorák’s music exudes.

 

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Osiris Trio

The Osiris Trio was formed in 1988. Since then, the trio has toured five continents and was twice given the honour to ac- company Her Majesty The Queen of The Netherlands on an official state visit abroad. Over the past 19 years, the group has won a number of Dutch awards, including the ‘Philip Morris Finest Selection’ award and the Annie Bosboom Prijs. Since 2001 the Osiris Trio is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Culture.

The trio’s discography emcompasses two centuries of re- pertoire for piano trio but also includes songcycles and the highly regarded recording of Messiaens Quatuor pour la fin du temps that earned the highest rating (10 out of 10) in the Dutch music magazine Luister. The Dutch newspaper Het Parool concluded its review of a CD with recently written Dutch piano trios by stating “premium international quality.” A brand new recording of the Tchaikovsky piano trio Op. 50 will be rele ased in the fall of 2007.

Diversity typifies the group’s repertoire, which ranges from Haydn’s oeuvre for piano trio to works by contemporary composers. The production of KlasTorstenssons In großer Sehnsucht even brought the trio on stage in a theatrical set- ting. The Dutch Society of Concerthall and Theatre Managers recently nominated the Osiris Trio in the category “most im- pressive performances in chamber music.” Both Ellen Cor- ver and Larissa Groeneveld hold teaching positions at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. In 2005 violinist Vesko Eschkenazy, concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Or- chestra in Amsterdam since 2000, joined the trio and took the position of founding member Peter Brunt. Brunt however still supports the Osiris Trio in its educational and theatrical activities and in running its own chamber music festival.

Vesko Eschkenazy

Vesko Eschkenazy has been concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since January 2000, having occupied the same position earlier with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.
Vesko Eschkenazy studied at the National Conservatory in Sofia and with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Among his prizes are those of the Wieniawski Competition in Poland and the Carl Flesch Competition in London.

In 2010 he was voted musician of the year in Bulgaria.  To open the 2010/11 season he gave an open-air concert in his native town Sofia with the Philharmonic orchestra of Sofia for a massive audience.
That season Vesko Eschkenazy was artist in residence at the Bulgaria Hall in Sofia.

He has several times been a soloist with the RCO, as well as with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In June 2014 the concertmaster conducted his own orchestra from the music stand in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Vesko Eschkenazy plays the ex-Adam, ex-Wurlitzer Guarneri del Gesù from 1738, received on loan from a private owner after mediation by the RCO Donors' Foundation.

Photo - Jouk-Oosterhof

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Antonin Dvorak (2008)

Antonin Dvorak

Osiris Trio

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