Tryon Concert Association presents the Vienna Piano Trio

Published 9:42 am Thursday, March 24, 2022

Tryon Concert Association will present the Vienna Piano Trio on April 4, at 7:30 in the evening at Tryon Fine Arts Center. 

 

This remarkable ensemble is making its Farewell Tour of North America, and we are pleased that Tryon is one of their last stops. Founded in 1988 by the Viennese pianist Stefan Mendl, the group now includes American violinist David McCarroll and Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen. The ensemble is best known for its mastery of the piano trio repertory, which it plays with “brilliance [and] originality” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).

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The group has performed extensively in Europe and North America. Recent performances include such venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Wigmore Hall London. The trio has been highlighted in many festivals, including Wiener Festwochen, Mozartwoche Salzberg, Flanders, Aix-en-Provence, and Caramoor in New York. American venues have included Lincoln Center; The Frick Collection, the 92nd St. Y, in New York City, the Kennedy Center, and the Library of Congress.

 

The trio’s discography is equally extensive and impressive. The ensemble has recorded works by Brahms, Dvořák, Saint-Saens, Schubert, Beethoven, Ravel, and Schumann, among others. Their playing has been described by the Washington Post as “a rapport that makes the performance feel like a conversation among friends….”

 

The program will begin with Franz Schubert’s Adagio in E-flat Major, “Notturno” D.897. Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49, follows, and Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 99 by Schubert rounds out the program. Since the trio is known for its expressiveness and communication among the players, audience members will observe the “eyebrow signals” and “intakes of breath” that enable the musicians to play as one (Artsfile Ottawa). 

David McCarroll plays a 1761 Gagliano violin, and Clemens Hagen plays a Stradivari cello from 1698.

 

For further information about this and other TCA concerts, please visit tryonconcerts.org.

 

Submitted by Anne De Sutter