A transfigured trio of trios by Beethoven, Schoenberg and Mendelssohn.
About The Music
Critics were not always kind to Beethoven, whose Clarinet Trio was initially pronounced ‘unnatural’. However, its variety of keys and strikingly colourful variations now make it one of his most thrilling trios. Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night is likewise an early masterpiece that straddles traditional harmony and his explicitly atonal works that were to come. Originally for string sextet, this emotionally charged work is performed in this program in Edward Steuermann’s brilliant and imaginative version for piano trio. Mendelssohn’s first Piano Trio was so assured that it was hailed as the product of his ‘best and most beautiful hours’. It brings together his love of Romanticism and Baroque counterpoint, as well as his own gifts for expressive, song-like melody.