Dont Shoot the Piano Player

May 6, 2013, 7:00 pm

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—He is doing the best he can. -Oscar Wilde

Starting with the earliest piano trios from Joseph Haydn, Bill will present the best of chamber music that includes the piano— piano trios, quartets, quintets, and more. The piano is a versatile instrument in the chamber music world. Pianists can be members of an established group or featured guests, and composers add them to compositions as the “glue” that joins instruments together. Mozart, Dvôrák, and Brahms all wrote chamber music and then played “musical chairs” to fill the empty seat to join in on the fun. Chamber music written to include the piano continues through the 20th century with Bartok and Messiaen, and on to today with Joan Tower and her colleagues. Bill just touches the surface of this world, and will return to it in the future, so please, take care of our piano players!


Episode 1

Haydn: Piano Trio No. 9 in A Major
Manhot, pf.; Manze, v.; Ter Linden, vc.
Erato 91728-2

Haydn: Piano Trio Op. 73 No. 2, Gypsy Rondo, I & II
Thibaud, v.; Casals, vc; Cortot, p.
EMI 64057

Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493, I
Serkin, p.; Schneider, v.; Tree, vla.; Soyer, vc.
Vanguard 8007

Beethoven: Piano Trio in D maj, Op. 70 No. 1, Ghost, I
Stern, v.; Rose, vc; Istomin, p.
Sony 64513

Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 6 in B-flat major, Op. 97, Archduke, I
Ashkenazy, p.; Perlman, v.; Harrell, vc.
EMI 47010 2

Episode 2

Schubert: Trio in E-flat, Op. 100, D. 929, I & II
Beaux Arts Trio
Phil 412620-2
:50, 22:28

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44
Emerson String Quartet; Pressler, p.
DG 445848-2

Episode 3

Brahms: Piano Quartet in c minor, Op. 60, III
Heifetz, v.; Schonbach, vla.; Piatigorsky, vc.; Lateiner, p.;
RCA 61773

Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Op.114, III & IV
Collins, cl.; Isserlis, vc.; Hough, p.
RCA 63504

Brahms: Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40
Bloom, hn.; Tree, v.; Serkin, p.
Sony 46249
29:35, 1:54

Episode 4

Brahms: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34, I (complete) & IV (excerpt)
The Cleveland Quartet; Ax, p.
RCA 4954
15:41, 4:40

Dvorák: Trio for Piano and Strings No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166, Dumky
Ma, vc.; Kim, v.; Ax, p.
CBS 44527

Episode 5

Ravel: Trio for Piano, Violin & Violoncello
Thibaudet, p.; Bell, v.; Isserlis, vc.
Lon 4258602
:51, 25:25

Messiaen: Liturgie de crystal fr. Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps
Meyer, cl.; Wang, vc.; Chung, p.; Shaham, v.
DG 469 052-2

Bartók: Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance) fr. Contrasts
Goodman, cl.; Szigeti, v.; Bartók, p.
CBS 42227

Copland: Sextet, I
Julliard Quartet; Wright, cl.; Copland, p.
Sony 62709

Stravinsky: Septet, I
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
DG 2530 551

Tower: Petroushskates
eighth blackbird
Cedille 90000 067