Monday at 8:00 pm
South African-born cellist Amanda Forsyth grew up in Canada. Together with her husband, Pinchas Zukerman, Forsyth co-founded the Zukerman Chamber Players. They played the popular Archduke Trio and the Dumky Trio at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in June. That recital airs on Monday evening at 8:00 pm on WFMT.
Beethoven and Dvořák were at the height of their powers when they wrote the trios on this program. Dvořák was 49 years old, Beethoven, 44.
Cellist Amanda Forsyth mused about the assumptions people make when looking into a composer’s personal life: “A lot of musicians these days – we started very early. We had incredible pedagogy, and intense concentration at such a young age…[speaking of] the serious versus the exuberance of youth, it’s interesting because we tend to think of serious as old, and not-serious as young” – yet the Archduke Trio has what Sir Donald Tovey called a “marvelous study in Bacchanalian indolence.” Dvořák’s Dumky Trio plays on a traditional Ukrainian folk style, the “Dumka.” The characteristic dumka alternates between melancholy and exuberance. Dvořák plays with extremes in this piece, infusing his fast sections with a rigorous, dance-like buoyancy.