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voices heard, voices found



Joaquín Turina

Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 76

  1. Lento–Allegro molto moderato

  2. Molto vivace

  3. Lento–Andante mosso–Allegretto


Maurice Ravel

Le Tombeau de Couperin (arr. Matthew van Brink)

  1. Prélude

  2. Forlane

  3. Menuet

  4. Rigadoun


Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97

  1. Allegro moderato

  2. Scherzo

  3. Andante cantabile

  4. Allegro moderato

about this program

This program differs from our others because it is not centered around a unifying theme. Instead, it highlights the voices of three composers hailing from three distinct cultural backgrounds. (This is the "voices heard" part of the program's title.) First, Joaquín Turina's inimitable Spanish-inflected second piano trio, full of flair, irregular rhythms, and passionate declarations; Maurice Ravel's immaculate Tombeau de Couperin, a stylized homage to fellow Frenchman François Couperin, masking the grief Ravel was feeling in the wake of World War I; and the towering "Archduke" Trio, easily among the pantheon of great Germanic chamber works. 


While this program obviously lacks Baroque, classical, and contemporary pieces, it is still a program of immense stylistic range, a program of three standalone masterpieces. In this way, we have the "voices found" part of the program's title: an exploration for the ensemble itself, to experiment with and grow its palette of colors. For us, as we delve deeper into this rich repertoire together, this proves a vital exercise, and a rewarding artistic adventure.

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