Busch Trio - Programmes

Programmes 2019 - 2020  
   
Life of Adolf Busch  
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Piano Trio in B flat major D 28 „Sonatensatz“
Adolf Busch (1891-1952) Piano Trio in a minor op.15
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Trio in B flat major op. 97 “Archduke“

Adolf Busch was one of most legendary musicians of the 20th century, performing extensively as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe. As a composer he held on to the traditions that made him famous as a performer: a great champion of the music of Bach, Beethoven and Schubert. This programme celebrates him as a composer and as a musician through the repertoire he became synonymous with during his lifetime.

Heritage  
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Trio (1937)
Charles Ives (1874-1954) Trio S. 86
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Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) Piano Trio in e minor op. 90 „Dumky”

Leonard Bernstein and Charles Ives, two of America’s greatest musicians, followed very different paths: Bernstein’s was of a life of fame and Ives’ was rather reclusive. However, both composers showed a strong interest in the folklore and sounds of their native country. In Bernstein’s trio one can hear the rhythmic strength and positive energy we have come to appreciate in his most famous ‘American’ work, West Side Story; Ives in turn combines several American folk songs into his trio. Dvorak’s famous ‘Dumky’ trio could be best described as a pure homage to his bohemian heritage. He performed his trio about 40 times right before heading to discover America himself – a stay that was to become so incredibly meaningful. A programme based on the composers’ search of their roots.

Idols and Inspiration  
Wolfgang Rihm (*1952) Fremde Szene no. I for piano trio
Robert Schumann(1810-1856) Piano Trio no. 2 in F major op.80
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Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) Between Tides
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Trio in B major op. 8

Schumann and Brahms were close friends, an inspiration for and admirers of each other’s work. Their musical impact is strongly felt to this day, examined here through the work of two great 20th century composers, Takemitsu and Rihm. Both are vocal admirers of the German Romantics: Takemitsu always praised Brahms’s orchestration and sought a structured, but generous flow to his music; while Rihm is often quoting Schumann in his works and shares the impassioned and tormented quality of his music. Two old friends and masters serving as idols and inspiration for today’s generation.

Vienna  
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Piano Trio in A major Hob. XV: 18
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Trio in B flat major op. 97 “Archduke“
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Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Piano Trio in E flat major op. 100 D. 929
Celebrating Clara Schumann in 2019  
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Trio in B flat major op. 11
Clara Schumann (1819-1896) Piano Trio in g minor
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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Trio in B major op. 8
Celebrating Beethoven  
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Trio in B flat major op. 11
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Trio in E flat major op. 70 no. 2
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Trio in B flat major op. 97 “Archduke“

The Busch Trio also offers a Beethoven Cycle in three parts (or four parts of 1h each).

Klaviertrio B-Dur op. 97 „Erzherzog“