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.
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.
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.
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.
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.