Smetana Trio: Czech Musicians Perform Beethoven, Brahms, and Smetana
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Although a flute, harp and viola combination may seem odd at first, no other trio proves as enchanting or evocative -- a discovery made by Claude Debussy who wrote one of his best pieces for just such a grouping. Combining the dreaminess of the harp with the emotional precision of the viola and the high notes of the flute, the Myriad Trio has a range of feeling few other ensembles of any size can match. Formed by principal players of the San Diego and Dallas Symphonies, the trio plays traditional pieces as well as world premieres they commission themselves, such as David Bruce's The Eye of Night. During their concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, they will play Bruce's piece in addition to stirring works by Respighi, Natra, Bach and Debussy. Learn More
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Featured review from charmonium5
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Czech ensemble played a varied program with European precision and Slavic passion. Early Beethoven Trio was delightful and not heard often enough for me. The group really warmed up in the Brahms Trio which ran the gamut as far as tempo is concerned and which the program notes indicated was written for Piano, Viola and Clarinet. Evidently it was well well transcribed, for we were mesmerized by the Smetana Trio's rendition which consist of the somewhat more conventional instrumentation: namely Piano, Violin and Cello. The audience gave them a warm welcome and they returned the favor after intermission with an authentic Czech piece by Smetana himself. I am very appreciative of the O/C Phil for bringing such great chamber music [as well as other programming] to the Barclay.
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- Listen to a sample of the Smetana Trio's performance: <a target="_blank" href="http://artpwr.com/assets/0000/2661/10_Smetana__Allegro___Piano_Trio_No.2_In_D_Minor_H_327.mp3">Allegro, Piano Trio No.2 in D Minor H 327</a>
BEETHOVEN: Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11
BRAHMS: Trio in C minor, Op. 101
SMETANA: Trio in G minor, Op. 15
As part of its United States debut tour, The Smetana Trio makes an Orange County appearance performing Beethoven: Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11; Brahms: Trio in C minor, Op. 101; and Smetana: Trio in G minor, Op. 15. Regarded as one of the foremost Czech ensembles, the Smetana Trio is the first Czech ensemble to have won the BBC Music Magazine Award.