Violinist Philip Santos and violist Marcel Gimperli joined the Navarro Trio April 3 in Schroeder Hall to perform two masterpieces of Russian chamber music: the piano quintets of Anton Arensky and Sergei Taneyev.
The concert included the two guest musicians as well as pianist and Sonoma State music professor Marilyn Thompson and cellist Jill Brindel – founding members of Navarro Trio ¬- and violinist Victor Romasevich, a native of Belarus.
Anton Arensky (1861-1906), a product of the St. Petersburg Conservatory under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, was a prolific composer of chamber works in the late Romantic style. His Piano Quintet has only recently become available in print. Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915) is sometimes called the “Russian Brahms.” Sent at age 10 to the newly opened Moscow Conservatory as a pupil of P.I. Tchaikovsky, Taneyev went on to lead the next generation of Russian composers.