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Hermitage Piano Trio
July 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$45 – $65
Treasures of the piano trio repertoire are on full display in this evening’s astounding concert of Russian repertoire performed by the Hermitage Piano Trio. Glinka’s Trio Pathétique in D Minor opens with an Allegro moderato, the cello and violin exchange beautiful themes while the piano swims underneath. The Scherzo is lively and playful, and leads into the emotional center of the work, the Largo. The finale, refers to the open themes of the first movement and ends with a passionate display of emotion and technical prowess. Trio No. 1 in C Minor Op. 8, also a single-movement composition, was written by a Shostakovich in response to his first love interest. Likely the most romantic work he ever wrote, the Trio is filled with Shostakovich composition hallmarks – lyrical melodies with acerbic harmonies, sudden shifts of pace, and insistent rhythms. Rachmaninoff was a teenager when he composed Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor in 1892, another single-movement piece with a melancholic, Slavic primary theme introduced by piano to the rhythmic pulses of the violin and cello. This is rich music that engages and satisfies the listener. The evening culminates in Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor Op. 32, composed in memory of his friend and cellist Karl Davidov, and in which the cello plays a prominent role. Soaring lyricism alternates with forceful, dramatic composition throughout four movements of exciting, celebratory Russian Romanticism.