Despite its gracious opening, the first movement has some serious underpinnings in its quick shifts to the minor, with a development section giving new attention to the cello. Then, things heat up, followed by a surprise moment of silence before returning to the spirit of the gracious opening with variations and a brief with a splendid cadenza for the first violin.
Largo. Cantabile E Mesto
As the longest of the four movements, the second movement brings out the profoundly touching qualities of the piece. This pensive movement has lyricism edged with sadness and certain strength, and ends on a gentle note.
The third movement is an elegant dance which offers a relief to the intensity of the Largo. A Trio section goes well beyond the spirit of dancing with its complex counterpoint.
The final movement reflects a happy spirit. This happiness carries a strong edge of the colourful Gypsy spirit.