Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor op. 8
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Piano Trio in C Minor op. 66
Piano Trio in A Minor
Unlike the string quartet, which has exerted a lasting fascination over composers to this day, the piano trio, highly popular in the Classical and Romantic era, played a much smaller role in the 20th century. A few extraordinary compositions mark the exception to that rule—most notably the works of Maurice Ravel (1914) and Dmitri Shostakovich (whose well-known second trio of 1944 was preceded by the late-Romantic student work Op. 8, written in 1923). Three prominent artists and celebrated soloists unite for a concert that offers a chance to rediscover this intimate genre.