Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Rondo Op. 94 for cello and piano (1891)

Leoŝ Janáĉek (1854-1928): „Pohadka“(„Fairytale“) (1912)
Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959): Sonata No. 2 (1941) - Allegro - Largo - Allegro commodo
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Sonata in A major Op. 69 (1808)
Allegro ma non tanto - Scherzo/Allegro molto - Adagio cantabile/Allegro vivace
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Introduction and Polonaise Op. 3 (1830)
The programme
In the first half of the evening we will hear three works by Czech and Bohemian composers. We begin with Dvořák's Opus 94 from 1891, the Rondo for cello and piano. Along with Friedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvořák is one of the best-known Czech composers, being particularly famous for his Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World") which he wrote in response to the honor of being invited to teach at the New York Conservatory. Dvořák wrote the Rondo, Opus 94, a year before he left for America.
Leos Janacek (1854-1928) was a contemporary and friend of Dvořák's. The "Podhaka," ( "Fairy tale"), is a free, imaginative treatment of fairytale archetypes, was composed in the years 1910-13, and reveals his love for nature and the coutryside.
Bohuslav Martinu's music leans towards romanicism and the interplay of sounds. The Czech composer was influenced by Stravinsky and the Parisian "Groupe des Six". In 1941, under the influence of the chaos of war, Martinu wrote his Sonata No. 2, while on his way from France to exile in the U.S.
After the break, we are back with the "classics". Ludwig van Beethoven completed his Sonata in A Major for Cello and Piano in 1808, around the same time as he completed his famous 5th Symphony. The chamber work became a model for later composers such as Mendelssohn and Brahms.
The evening ends with the challenging "Introduction and Polonaise Op. 3" by Frédéric Chopin, written in 1830 for, as the composer himself said, "the ladies".
The musicians
Jakob Spahn - Cello
Jacob Spahn was born in Berlin in 1983. He studied at the Hanns Eisler Music School in Berlin with Prof. David Geringas and since then with Prof. Claudio Bohorquez.
He also took masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff and Bernard Greenhouse. He has won numerous national and international competitions and completed concert tours throughout Europe, Asia, Central and South America. A semi-finalist in the recent International ARD Competition in Munich, he was awarded the special Alice Rosner Foundation Prize. As a scholarship-holder with the German Music Competition, he was chosen to play in the the national "Concerts by young artists" series. He received grants from the German Studies Foundation and theYehudi Menuhin Live Music Now association. As a chamber musician he has performed with renowned artists such as Wolfgang Meyer, Leonidas Kavakos, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang.
In the past two years, Jacob Spahn has also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic as a fellow of the Karajan Academy. Since the start of the 2011/2012 season, Jacob has been solo cellist with the Munich State Opera of Bavaria.
Julian Riem - Piano
The Munich pianist Julian Riem studied with Michael Schäfer at the Music Academy in Munich and with Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. He has recently furthered his studies in Rudolf Buchbinder's soloist class at the Basel Music Academy, where he received his soloist diploma with honors. Julian Riem has won international piano competitions in Modena, Madrid and Florence and received a scholarship from the German Music Competition. As a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, he has performed in Europe, Japan and the USA and is frequently invited to perform at international festivals.
Apart from the Velit quartet he also plays with the Munich Horn Trio, which received the "Echo Klassik" award from Farao Classics for the best recording of 19th C. chambermusic in 2012, the recording of the horn trios by Brahms, Ligeti and Koechlin.
Julian Riem has participated in audio and TV recordings for several German channels, the Japanese NHK and nation Public Radio in the U.S. His wide-ranging artistic activity, mainly in the field of chamber music, has resulted in the production of several CD recordings.
Antonín Dvořák
Frédéric Chopin