Czech composers show a flair for juxtaposing and even combining sparky rhythms and yearning melodies.
Dvorak is famous for it, a fact highlighted by his Dumky Trio in the opening concert of the Portsmouth Chamber Music season, but it was also reflected in works by Smetana - notably the second movement of his From My Homeland for violin and piano – and in Janacek’s Sonata for the same duo.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra leader Amyn Merchant and sub-principal cellist Calum Cook were joined by guest pianist Daniel Tong in the Dvorak trio, which consists of six movements where the ‘dumka’ dance contrasts melancholy and fire, and the players were as one in easing from one to the other. Irresistible.
Tong again shone in Janacek’s Sonata 1.X.1905.