|TRIO JEAN PAUL||Feb. 2, 2014|
Eckart Heiligers - piano
Ulf Schneider - violin Martin Löhr - cello
The Trio Jean Paul is one of today’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles and a popular guest at the international concert venues. Named for the famed author Jean Paul (1763-1825), the Trio makes music’s speech-like and rhetorical elements the fundamental point of departure for their interpretations. This approach bridges the works of the Classical and Romantic eras (Jean Paul’s life spanned approximately that of Beethoven) and enables the Trio to perform both standard repertoire and contemporary works with exceptional poetic fluency. The three German musicians - pianist Eckart Heiligers, violinist Ulf Schneider and cellist Martin Löhr - joined forces in 1991 and have since won First Prizes at major international competitions in Osaka, Melbourne and at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Germany. In addition to performing on five continents, the Trio Jean Paul has fittingly recorded the Schumann Piano Trios. (Schumann’s Humoresque and Papillons were directly inspired by Jean Paul’s literary works.) Another CD that makes manifest the Trio’s adventuresome spirit pairs the rarely-heard original version of Brahms’s Piano Trio No. 1 with a transcription of Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht (another work derived from poetry), a disc that won them the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize.
3rd LMMC engagement.
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in E flat major, Opus 1 No. 1 (1795)
Scherzo: Allegro assai
MOZART Piano Trio in C major, K. 548 (1788)
SCHUBERT Piano Trio in B flat major, Opus 99, D. 898 (1827)
Andante un poco mosso
Rondo: Allegro vivace