Tchaikovsky’s sole contribution to the piano trio medium was born out of adversity. The death of the composer’s close friend and mentor Nikolai Rubinstein inspired him to produce this work with its subtitle In memory of a great artist. The work’s second movement is characterised by a set of variations, and the concert begins with Beethoven’s set, the starting point for which was a song from one of the popular operas at the time. Schumann’s third trio, a relative rarity in concert programmes compared to his first two, was described by his wife Clara as ‘…original and increasingly passionate, especially the scherzo, which carries one along with it into the wildest depths’.
David Mccarroll violin
Matthias Gredler cello
Stefan Mendl piano
Beethoven Variations in E flat, Op 44
Schumann Piano Trio No 3 in G minor, Op 110
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op 50
Renowned ensemble The Vienna Piano Trio give their final two concerts as Turner Sims Associate Artists this spring, culminating in a celebratory concert where they will perform the world premiere of Austrian composer Frank Zabel’s 2nd Piano Trio inner voices, traces.Concert IV: Tuesday 15 May