Jean Francaix, Trio (1933)
Krysztof Penderecki: Streichtrio (1990-91)
Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio, K. 563
$30 (sr $25; st $20)
About the Program:
We are delighted to have this very distinguished threesome to bring us one of Mozart’s very greatest works in any form, the legendary so-called Divertimento in Eb. As Alfred Einstein writes in Mozart: His Character, His Work (and as excerpted in the notes to a Kennedy Center performance), his only completed string trio (there are fragments) shares with most divertimenti this six-movement format, but from that no lightness of tone should be understood – rather, "it is a true chamber-music work, and grew to such large proportions only because it was intended to offer ... something special in the way of art, invention, and good spirits. ... Each instrument is primus inter pares, every note is significant, every note is a contribution to spiritual and sensuous fulfillment in sound." Einstein called it "one of his noblest works." It is the first substantial work for string trio, and remains the greatest - one of the Everests of chamber music.
Complementing that masterpiece, we have two 20th century works of great interest.