One of the concerts carried over from last season is the Bennewitz Quartet, an outstanding Czech ensemble, and Belgian double bass player Wies de Boevé, today one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber players in Europe. In the second half, joining with the Bennewitz Quartet is the violist Pavel Nikl, a former member of the Haas Quartet.
String Quintet No. 2 G major, Op. 77
String Quintet G major, Op. 111
Jakub Fišer violin I
Štěpán Ježek violin II
Jiří Pinkas viola
Štěpán Doležal cello
Wies de Boevé contrabass
Pavel Nikl viola
This evening’s programme will feature two important works from the vast chamber music repertoire of two close friends, Brahms and Dvořák. Dvořák’s string quintet with double bass dates from the period when his compositional style was solidifying. He was well aware of the work’s quality because he gave it the motto “For My Nation” and entered it in a competition held by the Artists’ Association. The work earned him the first prize. In 1890, a year after Dvořák had finished the revised version of his quintet, Brahms composed one of his late works. His String Quintet No. 2 in G major sounds surprisingly light, cheerful, even joyous.