Christian Tetzlaffviolin - Tanja Tetzlaffvioloncello - Lars Vogtpiano
Franz Schubert 1797–1828
Piano Trio B-flat major D 898 op. posth. 99
Johannes Brahms 1833–1897
Piano Trio No. 2 C major op. 87
«Verily, a divine spark dwells in that Schubert!»
Ludwig van Beethoven on Franz Schubert
«A look back at the Trio in B flat major and the miserable hustle and bustle of human activity, and the world shines fresh again.» Composer colleague Schumann expressed his enthusiasm about Schubert’s Piano Trio in B flat major D 898, which the composer wrote a year before his death. Schubert’s return to this genre was late, but it was more than worth it: soloistic brilliance, quotes from his own songs as well as prompt and closely intertwined mood changes make this posthumously published piano trio a masterpiece.
Brahms, too, waited a long time until he returned to the genre of piano trio: 26 years lie between his first and second Piano Trio. The latter is a «magnificent work» – these are the words of Robert Schumann’s wife Clara – with both tonal and formal distinctiveness.
With his «courage to take risks and his playful passion naturally paired with technical brilliance», violinist Christian Tetzlaff will perform these two works with his Trio; his sister, the superb cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and the outstanding pianist Lars Vogt.
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Hansjürg Saager and sponsored by the Exekias Foundation.