Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D. 898
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”
6:30 PM lecture with Devon Borowski
When the celebrated Tokyo String Quartet bid adieu to the world in 2013 after the retirement of its long-standing violist and second violinist, the quartet’s remaining members – violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith – knew they had years to burn. A backstage conversation between Beaver, Greensmith and the quartet’s longtime guest pianist Jon Kimura Parker sowed the idea for a new chamber group; and thus, the Montrose Trio was born.
The first half of the program features Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1, a work as mercurial as a summer afternoon – by turns sunny and tempestuous, yet overflowing with extraordinary lyrical beauty. After intermission, Montrose celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a performance of his “Archduke” Trio, Op. 97. Beethoven’s crowning achievement in the trio genre inherits its moniker from the Archduke Rudolph of Austria, who was an amateur pianist, notable patron and friend to the composer.
The Montrose Trio’s UChicago Presents debut in April 2018 made them an instant audience favorite, and they were lauded by the Chicago Maroon for their “exceptional technical precision and musical sensitivity.” Expect the Montrose Trio to deliver another resounding performance in this conclusion to the 2019/20 Classic Concert Series.