Cellist Jonathan Miller and pianist Diane Walsh join forces to create a program that explores the possibilities and expressive potential of the instruments from the early baroque period through the present day.

The program begins with J.S. Bach’s Sonata in G minor for the viola da gamba and harpsichord — transcribed for cello and piano. This piece is in trio sonata form, which manifests in three equal contrapuntal voices.

Beethoven further developed the form of the cello-piano duo, beginning with his Sonata in F, Opus 5. Written in 1796, this is the first sonata ever written for cello and piano with a fully written-out piano part.

Janáček’s Pohadka evokes scenes from an epic folkloric myth, and provides a delightful experience of his unique musical syntax. Miller and Walsh then turn to the extremely sensitive and refined music of Gabriel Fauré, playing selections including Papillons, Berceuse, and the newly-published Sérénede—written for Pablo Casals.

Bringing us right up to present times “Three Chorales” is a newly-commissioned (by Mr. Miller) masterpiece by the pre-eminent British composer Judith Weir (recently named Master of the Queens Music), premiered by Mr. Miller earlier this year on the Boston Artists Ensemble series. These three pieces for cello and piano are meditations—personal, secular, and musical—on images from religious poetry.

Jonathan Miller is the Founder & Artistic Director of the Boston Artists Ensemble and a 43-year veteran of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Distinguished pianist Diane Walsh has appeared as a soloist, chamber artist, and recitalist across the US and internationally.

Program

J.S. Bach – Sonata in G minor
Beethoven – Cello Sonata No. 1 in F, Opus 5, No. 1
Janáček – Pohadka, “A Tale”
Fauré – Papillons, Opus 77, Berceuse, Opus 16, Sérénede, Opus 98
Judith Weir  — Three Chorales for Cello and Piano (2016)