Essential String Trios
Chamber Music Society

of Lincoln Center

November 2, 2017
7:30 PM

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is known for the extraordinary quality of its performances, its inspired programming, and for setting the benchmark for chamber music worldwide: no other chamber music organization does more to promote, to educate and to foster a love of and appreciation for the art form. CMS brings together the very best international artists from an ever-expanding roster of more than 150 artists per season, to provide audiences with the kind of exhilarating concert experiences that have critics calling CMS “an exploding star in the musical firmament” (Wall Street Journal). SCMC is pleased to continue its partnership with CMS and artistic director David Finckel and Wu Han.

Essential String Trios

The string trio—violin, viola, and cello—is the chamber music connoisseur’s delight. In the hands of master composers (and virtuoso performers) the string trio offers a peak listening adventure of stunning variety, engrossing dialogue, and transparent beauty. Beethoven’s dazzling G major Trio, filled with buoyant energy and charm, opens the program. This is followed by the preeminent twentieth century example of the genre: the dramatic, yet lyrical Trio by Krzysztof Penderecki. The program concludes with Mozart’s extraordinary and majestic Divertimento, his first and only music for string trio, and a work filled with uncommon richness and intensity that many consider to be one of his most sublime compositions.

This program brings together three of the foremost string players on the CMS roster–violinist Arnaud Sussmann, violist Paul Neubauer, and CMS Co-Artistic Director, cellist David Finckel–for an extraordinary showcase of works for string trio, a genre considered by connoisseurs even more demanding for performers than the string quartet.

Beethoven       Trio in G Major for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 9, No. 1
Penderecki      Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello
Mozart             Divertimento in E-flat Major for Violin, Viola and Cello, K. 563

Arnaud Sussman, violin
Paul Neubauer, viola
David Finckel, cello