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Priday / Kloeckner / Armstrong Trio

Piano Trio

All soloists in their own right, violinist Rachel Lee Priday, cellist Benedict Kloeckner, and pianist Andrew Armstrong have combined powerful forces to create a dynamic new trio.

Project Description

All soloists in their own right, violinist Rachel Lee Priday, cellist Benedict Kloeckner, and pianist Andrew Armstrong have combined powerful forces to create a dynamic new trio.

Programs include:

Shostakovich and Beethoven

Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67
Beethoven Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke”

The ​Priday/Kloeckner/Armstrong ​Trio​ is delighted to present​ two riveting, contrasting masterpieces side by side. ​First, ​the monumental Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 (1944) ​thrusts listeners into a bleak, war-ravaged sound-world. Shostakovich’s unmistakable voice articulates a grand vision of wide-ranging emotional depth and power: exhilarating, bitingly satirical, terrifying, heartfelt, haunting, grotesque. Following a period of silence, Beethoven’s “Archduke” Piano Trio, Op. 97, provides a way forward after Shostakovich’s total vision of destruction. It ​is​,​​ like its name, noble in character: graciously ​lyrical, beneficent and sublimely beautiful. Its singing melodies and gentle dance rhythms offer genuine warmth, geniality, and humor in this crowning achievement for the genre.

Devotions

Mozart Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 “To the Memory of a Great Artist”

In “Devotions,” the ​Priday/Kloeckner/Armstrong ​Trio explores the deep intertwining of the musical and personal in the artist’s life, ​focusing on one composer’s devotions, inspirations, and obsessions​ – and the connection between two composers across eras.

Discoveries

Joaquin Turina Piano Trio No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 76 (1933)
Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101
Arno Babajanian Piano Trio in F-Sharp Minor (1952)

​“Discoveries” is an opportunity for the Priday/Kloeckner/Armstrong Trio to present, alongside Brahms’s beloved C minor Trio, two lesser-known gems, both emotionally-laden and highly appealing works that represent a fascinating blend of international influences. ​The Trio explores a juxtaposition between music of three countries, all within the same general movement, but each with the flavor, style, and proportion specific to its own culture.

Revolutionists

Haydn, Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major, Hob. XV: 25 (“Gypsy”)
Franz Schubert: Piano Trio no. 2 in E flat major, Op. 100 (D. 929)
Wolfgang Rihm: Fremde Szene III

Haydn, Schubert and Rihm all elevated the Piano Trio to a new standing within the music of their day, becoming “revolutionary” in their own ways.

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    Additional Offerings

    • Chamber Coachings and Solo Master Classes

      Rachel, Benedict, and Andrew are each passionate teachers. Together as a trio, they are eager to share their experience and insight into the chamber music repertoire. During a chamber coaching, the trio may discuss questions such as aspects of style, a...