The Romantic Piano Trio
Heavenly Beauty for Three
Hilary Castle, violin
Ani Kalayjian, violoncello
David Kaplan, piano
Franz Schubert Notturno in Eb, D.897 Adagio
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Piano trio No. 2 in c, Op. 66
Antonin Dvorák Piano trio No. 4 in e, Op. 90, B.166 "Dumky"
The piano trio unites three instruments whose sound and persona are so different, so specific to their nature, that it seems a miracle that they work together at all. And do they ever! The Romantic-era piano trio is one of music’s great syntheses. ur chamber concert’s title – Heavenly Beauty for Three – is nothing but the truth.
Hilary Castle, of course, is no stranger to the La Grua Center and to Music Matters. As always, she is bringing incomparable colleagues along. We’ll be the richer for our encounter with them.
The side of Schubert we hear in his haunting Notturno also produced the superb C-major string quintet and his deeply introspective final Lieder. Mendelssohn’s at times expansively lyrical, at times irresistibly propulsive c-minor piano trio sweeps us into the very center of what Romantic chamber repertoire is about. And there can be no finer and more moving end to this rare program than Dvorák’s deeply tuneful, heartfelt Dumky.
We invite you to join us in defying the wintry dark of our young year with these three luminous works — as played by a masterful trio.
Open to the public. Suggested donation $10.