Smetana’s lush string quartet, “From My Life,” was written as an intimate confession, a tonal biography of his life, his loves, and in response to his subsequent deafness. Together with Sibelius’ evocative En Saga (Legend), Shostakovich’s explosive String Quartet No. 8, and Schubert’s “Storm of Life” for piano-duet, these deeply intimate musical self-portraits detail the inner lives of those who composed them.
En Saga, Op. 9 (reconstructed for octet by Jaako Kuusisto)
String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
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Allegro in A Minor for Piano Four-Hands, D.947 (“Lebensstürme”)
String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor “From My Life”
Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of three after his parents discovered he had perfect pitch, and he made his orchestral debut at age 11. His musical education connects him to some of the 20th century’s most illustrious pianists and teachers: he studied first with Professor Victor Derevianko, who, himself, studied with the Russian master Heinrich Neuhaus; and in 1997 he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Curcio – a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel – and with Christopher Elton. This summer, Barnatan begins his tenure as La Jolla Music Society’s newest SummerFest Music Director.
Masumi Per Rostad