Saturday, January 20, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This concert features Aram Khachaturian’s Trio in G minor for Clarinet, Violin and Piano and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Trio in B major. Op. 8.
Clarinetist Per Elmfors, violinist Kristi Holstein, and pianist Robert Hale perform Aram Khachaturian’s Trio in G minor (1932).
Armenian composer, conductor and teacher Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) is considered by some to be the central figure in 20th-century Armenian culture. With Prokofiev and Shostakovich, he was a pillar of the Soviet school of composition. The Trio in G Minor for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano is in three movements. The work has an exotic sound, attributable to Khachaturian’s integration of folk materials into his style, and is by turns improvisatory, rhapsodic and crisply rhythmic.
Marie Hébert, violin, Elizabeth Olson, cello, and Robert Hale, piano close the program with the effusive Piano Trio #1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).
The Trio in B Major by Brahms is romantically expansive and lyrical. It was completed in January 1854, when the composer was only twenty years old, then substantially revised in 1889. Curiously enough, for a composer who is known to have destroyed early manuscripts of his works if they no longer met his standards, he allowed both versions of the work to stay in publication, offering a fascinating look into his thought processes as a composer.
Image: Johannes Brahms