Fordham Chamber Music Concert – Fauré

Bronx Arts Ensemble presents the Fauré Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120

Adrienne Kim, piano
Jorge Ávila, violin
Eliana Mendoza, cello

Members of the Bronx Arts Ensemble perform and present an educational talk on the composers and the compositional elements of these masterworks.

Trio in B-flat for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 11  – Ludwig van Beethoven
Allegro con brio
Tema: “Pria ch’io l’mpegno”: Allegretto

Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120 –  Gabriel Fauré
Allegro ma non troppo
Finale: Allegro vivo

Trio in B-flat for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 11, Ludwig van Beethoven – The first movement, “Allegro con brio,” opens emphatically, with the piano’s double octaves reinforcing the unisions of the violin and the cello, and it unrolls as a well-behaved sonata-allegro.  The finale, “Tema: “Pria ch’io I’mpergno”: Allegretto,” is a genial and amusing set of nine variations on the tune “Pria ch’io l’imepegno,” which had been composed by Joseph Weigl (1766-1846), the conductor of Vienna’s Karntnertor Theatre. – James M. Keller

Fauré composed his D-minor Piano Trio near the end of his long career, over the course of about a half-year in 1922-23, at the suggestion of his publisher, Jacques Durand. The Piano Trio is an unmistakably tonal work, yet one needs look no further than the long-spun principal theme of the first movement-marked cantando (“singing”) – to marvel at how Faure maintains a sense of tonal rootedness (in B-flat major) while allowing his melody to range through distant realms, here including allusions to the keys of D-flat and A-flat. There is also something old-fashioned about the composer’s diaphanous sound, which conveys a sense of restrained passion that lurks just beneath the polite surface; surely conveys this is on display in the poignant Andantino. The music of the Finale was initially sketched to be a scherzo, and although plans for that movement were scrapped, the attendant vivacity remains. – James M. Keller


Adrienne Kim

Adrienne Kim

Pianist ADRIENNE KIM has performed as soloist with the Central Philharmonic of Beijing, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Portland Chamber Orchestra and Richmond Symphony. She was a member of Chamber Music Society Two, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s residency program for emerging young artists, and she is also a founding member of New York Chamber Music Co-op, a new creative performance collaborative based in New York. Ms. Kim has recorded the solo and chamber music of Daniel S. Godfrey with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on the Koch label, and on the Centaur label the violin and piano sonatas of Granados, Turina and Rodrigo with BAE solo artist Jorge Ávila. Adrienne Kim is on the faculty of Mannes College, The New School where she serves as Coordinator of the Piano Department in the Prep division and Coordinator of Secondary Piano in the College division. She is as well coach for the New York Youth Symphony’s chamber music program. Her teachers were Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree, and Leon Fleisher at the Manhattan School of Music, receiving there a Master’s degree.

Jorge Avila

Violinist Jorge Avila

Violinist JORGE ÁVILA has won attention as an outstanding performer through numerous appearances as soloist, recitalist, concertmaster and chamber musician. An Artist Performer with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Jorge has appeared as soloist with the Ridgefield Symphony, Colonial Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony and Riverside Orchestra, and has performed as concertmaster with the Stamford Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, Oratorio Society of New York, Musica Sacra, Jose Limon Dance Company and Gotham Opera Orchestra. On Broadway he has performed in such productions as Wicked, South Pacific and West Side Story, and with such chamber ensembles as Simon String Quartet, Abaca String Band, Prism Ensemble and Musicians’ Accord. A native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Jorge began his violin studies at age 14. In New York, he received both his Bachelor of Music and Professional Studies diplomas at the Mannes College of Music. Major teachers included Jorge Corpus, David Nadien, Charles Castleman and Jose Chain-Barbot. Jorge has recorded for the Naxos, Nonesuch Records and Centaur labels. His Carnegie Hall Concerto debut with the DCINY orchestra was in 2012, and recent performances include the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Ridgefield Symphony in 2011.

Eliana Mendoza

Cellist Eliana Mendoza

Cellist ELIANA MENDOZA has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.  Winner of the Artists International Competition, she debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.  In Boston she performed a solo recital broadcast live on WGBH, National Public Radio.  Praised by critics, her reviews have read “Fire and flash…rich pathos and refreshing singularity,” (The Washington Post) and “She is a total artist…with fluid touch, an impassioned mood and a notable bearing.” (The Enterprise, Brockton, MA).  She is a tenured member of the American Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic and American Composers Orchestra, and has toured as soloist in approximately 50 concerts, performing the Paganini-Lloyd Webber Variations in venues such as Universal Studios Amphitheater, Blossom Music Center and Radio City Music Hall.  Along with recording for movie soundtracks, commercials and television, she has recorded chamber music for the labels of New World Records, Soundspell Productions and Centaur Records.

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