God loves the Trinity. And for an intriguing, captivating conversation, three are better than two. One of Haydn’s late piano trios reminds us of an English gentleman’s description of his music: Majestic, but too noisy! The surprises that Papa Haydn offers to his listeners are spicy and funny, lyrical and caressing. It is a true trio, not a violin sonata with obbligato piano and cello duplicating the bass line, but a truly dialogic piece with the size and volume of a symphony. And how a piece for six string instruments was “shrunk” in half, without losing any of its brilliance and content, you will understand by listening to Brahms’s Second Sextet, transformed into a piano trio.
And how many different worlds Haydn and Brahms present to us…
Piano Trio No. 42 in E-flat major, Hob. XV:30
Trio op.36 (after String sextet op.36)
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