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The 76th Season of Concerts 2017–2018
Trio con Brio Copenhagen
To Travel Is to Live

February 18 at 3:30
West Building, West Garden Court

Taken from Hans Christian Andersen’s travel book A Poets Bazaar and Grieg’s Lieder transcribed for piano trio, this program starts in Copenhagen, where Grieg composed his Three Lieder. The trio reads the texts and then plays the transcriptions. After the Grieg they talk about meetings and relationships between the composers and poets at that time—especially Niels Gade and Carl Nielsen. Gade was a personal friend of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, and Wagner. After Mendelssohn’s death Gade became the Generalmusikdirektor for the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig. Hans Christian Andersen was a great admirer of Italy and visited several times. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio was written in Italy while he was on vacation. The performers discuss all of this, read some Andersen texts, and explain the story of the trio, the dedication, and Tchaikovsky's patroness Nadehzda von Meck.   

Program:
Grieg, Three Lieder, set to poems by Grieg
Gade, Trio in F major, op. 42
Mendelssohn, Trio, op. 66
Tchaikovsky, Trio in A minor

Photo by Nikolaj Lund

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