SEASON THEME: HIDDEN TREASURES

The Horszowski Trio’s theme for the 2017-2018 season is “Hidden Treasures,” through which they will explore many surprising and unusual works in the context of well-known gems of the repertoire.

 

 

Program A – Soul of the People

1. Dvořák: Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky” (1891)

2. Arno Babajanian: Trio in F-sharp minor (1952)

    --OR-- Frederic Rzewski: Trio (1998)

3. Mendelssohn: Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 (1845)

 

 

Program B – Brahms’ Influence and American Roots

1. Arthur Foote: Trio No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 65 (1909)

2. Leonard Bernstein: Trio (1937)

    --OR-- Charles Wuorinen: Trio (1983)

    --OR-- Elliott Carter: Epigrams (2012)

3. Brahms: Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87 (1880-2)

 

 

Program C – Night Migrations and Inspiration

1. Fauré: Trio in D minor, Op. 120 (1923)

2. Andreia Pinto-Correia: The Night Migrations (2017 - available for performance starting January 2018)

3. Schumann: Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63 (1847)

 

 

Special Collaboration: Masumi Per Rostad, viola

Pacifica Quartet violist Masumi Per Rostad is available on a limited basis for performances with the Horszowski Trio. See below for more details.

 

 

 

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Trio (Arno Babajanian): Though virtually unknown in the United States, Babajanian (1921-1983) is among the most revered of Armenian composers and pianists. His works include a concerto for Rostropovich as well as this superb Trio, which is a standard in the former Soviet Union.

 

Trio (Frederic Rzewski): Dubbed by The New York Times a “Maverick with a Message of Solidarity,” Rzewski (b. 1938) is an icon of the American music scene, and has produced works of striking virtuosity and color.

 

Trio (Arthur Foote): Foote (1853-1937) was the first important American composer trained entirely in the United States (at the newly formed New England Conservatory and Harvard). The Horszowski Trio performed this trio with “exquisite sensitivity,” according to the Boston Music Intelligencer.

 

Trio (Leonard Bernstein): A work completed while the composer was still in his teens, as a student at Harvard University.

 

Trio (Charles Wuorinen): “Those who attended the concert, including myself, were awed by the sheer beauty of the musical experience.” –Detroit News. “One can easily tell what each instrument is doing and - even on first hearing - sense the relationships of the musical lines to one another. There is a nice balance between agitation and repose, and when the gentle minor-mode ending of the piece is reached, the listener feels that the musical journey taken has been well plotted and nicely worked out.” –The New York Times

 

Epigrams (Elliott Carter): The final work of the composer, completed three months before his death at age 103, comprising twelve short pieces.

 

The Night Migrations (Andreia Pinto-Correia): Ms. Pinto-Correia’s work, commissioned for the Horszowski Trio by Chamber Music America, is inspired by the eponymous poem by American poet, Louise Glück. On reading the poem, the Horszowski Trio found that its spiritual feeling reminded them of the fantasy-like colors in Schumann’s second trio and the slow movements of the Fauré piano quartets.

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/night-migrations

 

 

 

 

Special Collaboration: Masumi Per Rostad, viola

Pacifica Quartet violist Masumi Per Rostad is available on a limited basis for performances with the Horszowski Trio.

 

Program 1 – Brahms’ Influence and American Roots

1. Arthur Foote: Trio No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 65 (1909)

2. Leonard Bernstein: Trio (1937)

    --OR-- Charles Wuorinen: Trio (1983)

    --OR-- Elliott Carter: Epigrams (2012)

3. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26 (1861)

    --OR-- Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (1861)

    --OR-- Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60 (1875)

 

Program 2 – Night Migrations & Inspiration

1. Schumann: Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80 (1847)

2. Andreia Pinto-Correia: The Night Migrations (2017 - available for performance starting January 2018)

3. Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 (1876-9, rev. 1883)

    --OR-- Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45 (1886)

 

Program 3 – Immortal Message

1. Mendelssohn: Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 (1845)

2. Arvo Pärt: Mozart-Adagio (1992, rev. 2005)

3. Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47 (1842)

 

The chorale Mendelssohn used in the last movement of his second trio has a similar effect on an audience as the beautiful song-without-words slow movement from Schumann’s piano quartet.  Both of these melodies are memorable and iconic.  In Mozart-Adagio, written in memory of violinist with a particular love of Mozart, Pärt takes Mozart’s youthful Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, K. 280 (189e), and “adds a modest introduction, interlude, and coda, as well as a restrained and ongoing ‘commentary.’ ” (Universal Edition) In process, the Horszowski finds a demonstration of the universality of Mozart.