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Konzerthalle Bamberg: Joseph Keilberth SaalMußstr. 1, Bamberg, Bavaria, 96047, Germany
On Sunday 24 May 2020 at 17:00
Fuchs, Robert (1847-1927)String trio, Op.98
Ysaÿe, Eugene (1858-1931)String Trio "Le Chimay" Op.posth 1927
Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)String Trio in C minor, Op.9 no.3
Melina Kim-GuezViolin
Wakana OnoViola
Ulrich WittelerCello

The string trio in this concert offers three miniature dramas – or, to quote the 1774 encyclopaedia “General Theory of the Fine Arts”: “The actual trio has three main parts which play against one another, conducting a conversation in music, as it were.” Beethoven was a pioneer of the genre: while he initially still drew on the tradition of courtly music for social occasions, the works of his Opus 9, completed in 1798, set completely new compositional standards. The key of C minor in the third trio already heralds a piece full of heightened expression, where sharp contrasts in emotion and mood create a tense psychodrama. In Robert Fuchs, we recall an Austrian composer whose works are unjustly overshadowed by other music-historical monuments. Brahms praised him as a “splendid musician”: “Everything is so subtle and eloquent, so charming in its invention, that it never fails to please.” The Trio for Strings op. 94, written in 1910, retrospectively bids a captivatingly sensual farewell to the high romantic era. The 1927 one-movement trio by the Belgian Eugène Ysaÿe is another wonderfully autumnal piece of music, infused with the spirit of the late 19th century. In it, intimate music-making alternates with outbursts whose sound seems to want to go beyond the small ensemble for which the piece is scored. The origins of this piece’s later name of “Le Chimay” remained a puzzle for some time. The chimera, the fantastic fire-breathing beast of Greek mythology, and the Prince of Chimay or an instrument from his collection were proposed as potential sources – until scholars realised that the name in fact referred to a town with a grand brewing tradition, where the work posthumously received its premiere.

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