Friday, September 7, 2012 | 8:00 pm
A piano trio of “uncommon ferocity” (NY Times) returns to the Nelson Music Room to illuminate a Duke scholar’s astonishing discovery about the Mendelssohn family canon.
Last season at Duke Performances, the Claremont Trio made an impression with its radiant rendition of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1. This season, twin sisters Emily and Julia Bruskin are joined by new member Andrea Lam, a pianist of “melting lyricism . . . and spirited eloquence” (The Australian). They offer another Felix Mendelssohn trio alongside two works by his sister, Fanny Hensel — one a familiar favorite and one a unique world premiere.
Fanny Hensel’s gorgeous Easter Sonata, long attributed to her brother, was properly restored and attributed after Duke PhD candidate Angela Mace obtained an elusive original manuscript in 2010. Now the sonata anchors a daylong symposium on Mace’s scholarly detective work as well as this special concert event. As an exceptional all- female piano trio, the Claremont is ideally poised to bring this fascinating history to light.
FANNY MENDELSSOHN HENSEL: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 11
FANNY MENDELSSOHN HENSEL: Easter Sonata for Piano (world premiere)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66