Beethoven - „Trio-logy“

Beethoven's complete Piano Trios in three concerts

Our namesake signifies for us not merely responsibility, but inspiration.

Beethoven's coming-out as composer, his very first serious compositions are the ground-breaking three trios opus 1, every one of which in symphony-length. Just arrived in Vienna, the young composer demonstrates that from this moment on new standards for chamber music will prevail.

Folksong Arrangements by Haydn and Beethoven

The arrangement of folk songs take up a surprisingly important place in the work of Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Between 1792 and 1804, Haydn wrote more than 400 arrangements (for soprano, tenor, violin, piano and cello) of Scottish and Welsh folk songs ordered by three Scottish publishers, William Napier, George Thomson and William Whyte. They are part of the period of Haydn’s late compositions, close in time to the oratorios “The Creation” and “The Seasons”, to the great masses and the last string quartets.

Beethoven for Children

"The Wild Ludwig" - a tribute to the composer Ludwig van Beethoven for children of up to 10 years, and for many an adult as well

Performers: TrioVanBeethoven and Martin Schwanda, narrator

Further Programmes

On demand, all programmes will be presented by Clemens Zeilinger.

„Opus One“

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in E flat major op. 1/1                                                    
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Trio in D major op. 1 (1909/10)                                  
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in G major op. 1/2                                                  

Two works of Beethoven's „opus one“- trilogy are presented jointly with E. W. Korngold's only piano trio, opus one, written at the age of thirteen and proof of Korngold's great genius.

„Pure classics”

Joseph Haydn: Trio in C major Hob. XV/21                                                              
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio in B flat major KV 502                                            
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in B flat major op. 97, „Archduke - Trio“                        

Colleagues, teachers and pupils (as well as competitors?) – Vienna in the classical period

„Heavenly „longueurs“

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio in C major KV 548                                               
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in D major op. 70/1 „Ghost - Trio“                            
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Franz Schubert: Trio in E flat major D929  
                                                                             
Mozart and Beethoven reach to the heavens – Schubert comes from there
(Oskar Werner)

„Schubertiade“

Franz Schubert: Sonata movement in B flat major B-Dur D28                                                              
Franz Schubert: Trio in B flat major D898                                                                      
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Franz Schubert: Trio in E flat major D929                                                                                
Franz Schubert: Notturno in E flat major D897

The presentation of all Schubert piano trios on one evening is breaking all borders. It offers the chance to completely immerse oneself into the world of Schubert's sounds and feelings.

„Bohemian Rhapsody“

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in B flat major op. 97, „Archduke - Trio“                        
Bohuslav Martinu: Duo for violin and cello Nr. 1                                     
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Antonín Dvořák: Trio in e minor op.90, „Dumky - Trio“ 

Beethoven's „Archduke - Trio” , dedicated to Archduke Rudolph, archbishop of Olomouc (Olmütz) in Moravia, is jointly presented with works of two Czech composers: Dvořák 's folk song - like “evergreen“ and Martinu's brilliant intermezzo.

„À la française“

Claude Debussy: Trio in g minor                                                                           
Ignaz Pleyel: Trio in B flat major, Ben 440                                                                     
...
Maurice Ravel: Trio in a minor

The two great impressionists jointly with an „immigrant“  to France,  who grew up in Lower Austria and was greatly admired in France as a master piano builder.

„The Russian soul"

Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio in c minor op. 8
Sergej Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque in g minor
Pjotr Iljitsch Tchaikowski: Pezzo élégiaque, 1st movement from the  piano trio in a minor, op. 50 

Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio in e minor op. 67

The soul is a „wide country“. In music as well as in literature, the depth of the Russian soul is often implored. In its search for the Russian soul, the TrioVanBeethoven performes compositions by Tchaikowski, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich, music reaching from melancholy elegy to biting sarcasm. 

„Transfigured Night“

Hans Werner Henze: Epitaph for cello solo                                              
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in D major op. 70/1 „Ghost - Trio“                            
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Arnold Schönberg:  „Transfigured Night“ op. 4, arranged for piano trio by Eduard Steuermann   
                                                      
The works of this programme explore the dark colours of the night. In the second movement of Beethoven's „Ghost-Trio“, one listens to eerie figures and ghosts emerging from the nether world. In „Transfigured Night“, Schönberg, still in his tonal phase, sensitively explores the poetry of Richard Dehmel.

„Brahms complete“

Johannes Brahms: Trio in C major op. 87                                                                 
Johannes Brahms: Trio in c minor op. 101                                                              
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Johannes Brahms: Trio in B major op. 8
                                          
To his permament self-criticism, Brahms presumably sacrificed quite a number of his works. From his correspondence one learns that originally there existed more than three works for piano trio – but only the works mentioned above resisted his severe examination.

„Bridges across Europe“

Jenö Takacs: Trio Rhapsody op. 11 (1926)                                                            
Jaan Rääts (born 1932): Piano Trio Nr. 7 (2004)                                                   
Hans Werner Henze: Kammersonate for Piano Trio (1948)                                             
...
Kurt Schwertsik (born 1935): Bagatellen op. 36 for Piano Trio (1979)                
Antonín Dvořák: Trio in e minor op. 90, „Dumky - Trio“ (1890/91)                                  

In this programme, the TrioVanBeethoven presents composers of countries that returned to a common Europe as a result of the great „turn“ of 1989/90, and who now are members of the European Union. A bow is drawn from Estonia via the Czech Republic and Hungary to Germany and Austria as countries who had bordered on the Iron Curtain on the other side.

„Shostakovich Complete“ on two evenings

Piano Trio in c minor op. 8 (1923)
Sonata for cello and piano in D minor op.40 (1934)
Piano Trio in E minor op. 67 (1944)
Romance Suite for soprano and piano trio to words by Alexander Blok op. 127 (1967)
Sonata for violin and piano op.134 (1968)
Piano Quintet in g minor op.57 (1940)

Shostakovich's piano chamber music, offered on two evenings, presents a great challenge to approach his personality. Highlights will be thrown on a composer of the past century who like very few others stood in the centre of continuous attempts to exploit him politically. The music of Shostakovich was a mirror of and comment on political and social circumstances, yet at the same time a kind of an island within and refuge from political reality.There is hardly another composer in the history of music where life and work are linked in such a fascinating way.