In this program, the Delphi Trio explores musical reflections on the transience of this life and the mystery of the next. Toru Takemitsu’s Between Tides (1993) speaks a language colored by Debussy and Messiaen, yet unique to the composer’s expressive voice. At the time of composition of his Trio in G Minor, Op. 110, Schumann was struggling with the decline of his mental health. Initially stormy, roiling, and disturbed, the trio is ultimately uplifting, reflecting the composer’s hope for recovery. Riding the high of Schumann’s optimism, the Trio in E flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2 is Beethoven at his most pastoral and serene. With shades of heavenly grace shining into the work from the very opening, the work is gentle, joyous, and a perennial favorite of the Delphi Trio.

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Works on the “Death and Transfiguration” program include:

Toru Takemitsu, Between Tides (1993)
Schumann, Trio in G Minor, Op. 110
Beethoven, Trio in E flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2