David McCarroll, violin | Clemens Hagen, cello | Stefan Mendl, piano
Long established as one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, the Vienna Piano Trio was founded in 1988 by the Viennese pianist Stefan Mendl. He is joined by Californian violinist David McCarroll and the Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen. Together, the players embody the ensemble’s continuing commitment to bridging the traditions and practice of Europe and America. This philosophy stems from the trio’s early years and its mentoring by such ensembles as the Trio di Trieste, Haydn-Trio Wien, Beaux Arts Trio and the Guarneri and LaSalle quartets, and by the violinists Isaac Stern and Jaime Laredo.
Both sustaining and renewing the repertoire for piano trio, the ensemble complements the masterworks of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries with new works, the product of collaborations with such leading contemporary composers as Friedrich Cerha, Georg Friedrich Haas, György Kurtág, Johannes Maria Staud and Jörg Widmann. The Vienna Piano Trio has its own subscription series at the Vienna Konzerthaus and it is a regular visitor to the world’s major concert halls and festivals.
The Vienna Piano Trio’s extensive prize-winning discography on the Naxos, Nimbus and MDG labels embraces the complete piano trios of Brahms, Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, Schönberg/ Steuermann, Schubert, Tschaikovsky and Zemlinsky, as well as works by Beethoven, Haydn, Ravel, Schumann and others. The ensemble’s recording plans for this season include the Ravel and Chausson piano trios as well as Beethoven’s ‘Archduke’ and Op. 1 No. 3. The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music has described the ensemble’s Schubert as “outstanding in every way … wonderfully fresh and spring-like … true chamber-music-making by a beautifully matched team,” while its Dvořák led the Washington Post to write of “a rapport that makes the performance feel like a conversation among friends, and a high level of technical precision … an almost transcendent experience.”
David McCarroll plays a 1761 Gagliano violin and Clemens Hagen plays a Stradivari cello from 1698.
HAYDN: Trio in E minor, XV:12
BRAHMS: Trio in C minor, Op. 101
BEETHOVEN: Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
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