Everyone likes a compliment and they should flow freely when you’re among friends. But to be called a »great artist« is more than a compliment. Especially when it comes from no less a figure than Piotr I. Tchaikovsky, who dedicated his only piano trio to his late friend Nikolai Rubinstein. The pianist’s sudden death led Tchaikovsky to compose this work, even though he’d avoided the genre before then.
»You ask me why I don’t compose a trio? To my ears the acoustic combination of piano, violin and cello is completely incompatible. In this sonority the instruments seem to repel one another, and I assure you that any kind of trio or sonata with violin and cello is absolute torture for me,« he wrote in a letter to his patron Nadezhda von Meck in 1880. But just a year later he’d had a change of heart. With their magnificent interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s work, the three exceptional musicians Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Daniel Müller-Schott and Anna Vinnitskaya demonstrate how wonderful the violin, cello and piano can sound together.
Also on the programme is Claude Debussy’s Piano Trio, which was only rediscovered in 1982, and Johannes Brahms’s sombre Trio, Op. 101 in »C minor, the key of fate«.
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian violin
Daniel Müller-Schott violoncello
Anna Vinnitskaya piano
Klaviertrio Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 101
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Piotr I. Tschaikowsky
Klaviertrio a-Moll op. 50
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