Friday, April 6, 2018
Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College
- Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
- Schnittke Piano Quartet, Op. 13 (1988) Scherzo (after Mahler)
- Sergei Taneyev Piano Quartet in E Major, Op. 20
Lehigh Valley lovers of chamber music who have become fans of the Orpheus Quartet through that group’s frequent appearances at Lafayette College may recognize the Mozart Piano Quartet’s violinist Mark Gothoni, who also plays with the Orpheus. In fact, each of the four MPQ artists have amazingly active and enormously successful individual careers as soloists and members of other world-class ensembles.
They must manage their lives through time warps, because the Mozart Piano Quartet follows a touring schedule that regularly circles the globe at apparently mach speed. The group’s demanding 2018 US tour, of which our CMSOB concert is a part, will be immediately followed by an equally robust Asian tour. MPQ performed across South America two years ago, and Europe, well, that’s just a walk in the park for this peripatetic foursome.
The ensemble began its collective career in Germany in 2000, though with somewhat different personnel. Currently, besides Gothoni, who is a Finn, the group consists of violist Hartmut Rohde, cellist Peter Hörr, and pianist Paul Rivinius. One of Rivinius’ side gigs is playing with his three brothers in the Rivinius Piano Quartet. Meanwhile, back at the Mozart Piano Quartet, the accomplished ensemble has been reaping awards and accolades globally and regularly turning out critically acclaimed CDs. The group’s broad repertoire mixes standard works with what the MPQ calls “undiscovered pearls of musical history,” for which they confess a passion. The Lehigh Valley program reflects this mixture, and the performance promises to deliver the passion.