Among the world’s leading chamber ensembles, the Vienna Piano Trio excels at refined, expressive interpretations of works by Schubert, Brahms, and Haydn. The ensemble makes its Cal Performances debut in a rare—and final—West Coast appearance, offering Berkeley audiences a deep dive into Schubert’s magnificent chamber music, performing the composer’s two piano trios back-to-back.
The B-flat Trio is an infectiously lively and lyrical work, among the most revered chamber pieces in the repertoire; the E-flat Trio traverses darker and more ominous terrain. Both works were composed in 1827, a year before Schubert’s death at age 31—taken together, they contain multitudes.
“Finesse, unerring unity and deeply thought-through interpretations…. The Vienna Trio’s playing fed the soul hungry for a united musical vision and a deep dive into the message behind the notes” (The Washington Post).