Finckel, Setzer, Han Trio
Saturday, September 28, 2013 | 8:00 pm
Cellist David Finckel, violinist Philip Setzer, and pianist Wu Han make as fine a piano trio as the world knows. Given their résumés, this is no surprise: Finckel spent more than thirty years with the famed Emerson String Quartet, Setzer is a founding member of the Emerson, and Han has an outstanding career as an orchestral soloist and chamber player. Together, these three bring decades of experience to their exploration of the piano trio repertoire.
Their program begins where Beethoven began — with that composer’s first published work. His serene Trio in G Major pays tribute to his teacher Haydn, all the while hinting at an explosive career to come. They close with two Slavic masterpieces: Shostakovich’s arresting remembrance of friends lost in wartime and Dvořák’s take on the elegiac Ukrainian folk songs known as “dumky.”
Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 2 in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor
Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, “Dumky”