This program explores the richness and variety of the Delphi Trio‘s favorite trios by Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms.
The B-flat Trio K. 502 shows Mozart at his most jovial and good humored in the first movement, while the second movement is by far the most expansive slow movement of the piano trios, recalling the nobility and tenderness of the Countess’s aria, “Porgi, Amor” from Le Nozze di Figaro. The finale returns to the exuberant spirit of the first movement with its gavotte rhythm, virtuoso flourishes, and boisterous conclusion.
Brahms’s Trio in C minor, Op. 101 is the most compact of the trios, and yet it has an orchestral power and broad emotional scope. The entire trio can be seen to germinate from motivic cells in the opening, perhaps one of the pieces Schoenberg had in mind while writing his famous essay, “Brahms the Progressive.”
Schubert’s Trio in B-flat, Op. 99 bears almost none of the darkness which filled the ailing composer’s life at this time, and yet it has a poetic depth of its own. Robert Schumann wrote, “One glance at Schubert’s Trio (Op. 99) and the troubles of our human existence disappear and all the world is fresh and bright again.”
Works to be performed on the “Viennese Classics” program include:
Mozart, Piano Trio in G major, K. 496
Brahms, Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101
Schubert, Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 99, D. 898