A twenty-eight-year-old Brahms wrote his ambitious Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor in 1861. The third composition in what would become an oeuvre of some twenty-six chamber music masterworks, the quartet enjoys a fine reputation in no small part because of the vigorously effective Gypsy Rondo itself. No less than Arnold Schoenberg found the quartet worthy of his own orchestral transcription. The finale is indeed a tour-de-force of rhythmic and melodic bravado where the sectional form of the rondo serves as a brilliant vehicle for dynamic contrast of the very sort found in traditional Hungarian dances and Bartók’s rhapsodies.
The Miami Chamber Players is a professional ensemble of rotating Miami-based award-winner musicians who get together to play the world's best chamber music in intimate spaces. Musicians for this performance are Huifang Chen, violin; Viera Borisova, viola; Claudio Jaffé, cello & Adolfo Vidal, piano. Also on the program soprano Raquel Rubi will delight the audience singing selections from Cuban composers, including Ernesto Lecuona.
The Brahms project is a venture by the Miami Chamber Players with the goal to perform all the chamber music written by the German composer Johannes Brahms.