Beethoven: Trio in Bb for Clarinet “Gassenhauer”
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
Shostakovich: Five pieces for violin, clarinet and piano
Beethoven: Piano Trio in D “Ghost”
Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet
The Trio op. 11 by Beethoven was described as excessively far-fetched, despite his amiable nature, because at the end of the 18th century he was in the middle of a fight for recognition as a composer and not just as a performer. Already in the 19th century, his romantic spirit was reflected in the Trio op. 70 no. 1, the result of the author’s passionate love for Princess Anna Mariä Erdödy, his dedicatee.
Ravel composed Piano Trio in A (1914) at an unusual speed due to his upcoming induction into the ranks. In this piece he combines a taste for classicism with his inimitable refinement.
Far from the anguish that characterizes Shostakovich, in his Five Pieces he offers us direct and playful music, although at times it is not without pain.