The piano trio repertoire does not have the same dazzling range and scope as the string quartet, but it has a few jewels headed by Beethoven’s Archduke, featured in this series on 16 April, and amongst many others, Dvořák’s so-called ‘Dumky’. In this sumptuous work Dvořák asks his musicians to revel in his prolific melodic gifts. This gorgeous performance brings together musicians from Budapest, Paris and Cork – Izabella Simon, Emmanuelle Bertrand and Mairéad Hickey. They take outrageous liberties with the tempi in order to savour to the brim the contrast between the composer’s heart-on-sleeve romances and his headlong, intoxicating dances.
Find out more and listen to the recording of Dvořák’s Piano Trio in E minor ‘Dumky’ , here.
Beethoven wrote six piano trios that were in their day ground-breaking, creating broad flowing melodies and an indulgent attitude towards his big tunes. His Fifth Trio is a welcome example of the great man in relaxed mood. It is the second of two that he dedicated to Countess Marie Erdödy, one of his many loyal supporters. A fellow-composer described the lyrical third movement as ‘the loveliest and most graceful I have ever hear; it exalts and melts my soul whenever I think of it.’ Our illustrious guides for this performance last summer were Viviane Hagner, Johannes Moser and Barry Douglas.
Find out more and listen to the recording of Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E flat Op. 70/2 , here.
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