Beethoven: Trio in C minor for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. 3
Debussy: Quartet in G minor for Strings, Op. 10
Brahms: Quartet No. 2 in A major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 26
Wu Han, Piano; Paul Huang, Violin; Paul Neubauer, Viola; David Finckel, Cello; Escher String Quartet: Adam Barnett-Hart, Violin; Danbi Um, Violin; Pierre Lapointe, Viola; Brook Speltz, Cello.
Beethoven: Trio in C minor for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/watch-and-listen/video/2015-video-archive-1/beethoven-trio-in-c-minor-for-violin-viola-and-cello-op-9-no-3/
Debussy: Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
Brahms: Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello No. 2 in A major, Op. 26
The majestic cities of Vienna and Paris were thriving centers of creative energy in the 18th and 19th centuries, nurturing many great artists. Among those was Beethoven, who wrote a copious amount of works shortly after moving to Vienna in 1792, including his popular Op. 9 string trios. A hundred years later, Debussy’s Paris provided a stunning backdrop for his string quartet, which revealed previously unimagined possibilities for quartet composition. Brahms’s blockbuster piano quartet provides a spectacular finish to the program.
- Beethoven wrote the Op. 9 string trios as a trial run of his string writing abilities before beginning his first string quartets, which would have to stand beside Haydn and Mozart’s masterpieces in the genre.
- Debussy paid tribute to the illustrious history of the string quartet in the title of his quartet—it’s his only work with an opus number (he doesn’t have works numbered 1-9).
- Brahms tended to agonize over his compositions and this piano quartet took six years to complete.