Merz Trio, winners of the Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Chesapeake Competitions, present a program of 19th and early 20th-century masterworks teeming with boundary-breaking energy. Beethoven’s middle period masterwork, Op. 70 No. 2, is paired here with four later Viennese songs that draw attention to both its lyrical and virtuosic elements, while Brahms’ glorious B Major Trio showcases him as both a pioneering romantic and as a consummate master at the height of his powers. Unable to leave our listeners in the midst of Brahms’ stormy B minor finale, we end the program with Robert Schumann’s moving love song “Widmung,” written as a wedding gift for his wife, Clara.
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Die Stille Stadt (from Five Songs, No. 1) | Alma Mahler (1879–1964) arr. Merz Trio
Traumgekrönt (from Seven Early Songs, No. 4) | Alban Berg (1885–1935) arr. Merz Trio
Laue Sommernacht (from Five Songs, No. 3) | Alma Mahler arr. Merz Trio
Sommertage (from Seven Early Songs, No. 7) | Alban Berg arr. Merz Trio
Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2 | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
- Poco sostenuto—Allegro ma non troppo
- Allegretto ma non troppo
- Finale. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8 (rev. 1889) | Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
- Allegro con brio—Tranquillo—In tempo ma sempre sostenuto
- Scherzo. Allegro molto—Meno allegro—Tempo primo
- Finale. Allegro
Widmung (from Myrthen, Op. 25) | Robert Schumann (1810–1856) arr. Merz Trio
Brigid Coleridge, violin | Julia Yang, cello | Fei-Fei Dong, piano
Hailed as “artists in the deepest sense of the word” (CutCommon), Merz Trio, winners of the Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Chesapeake Competitions, have been lauded for their “stunning virtuosity… fresh and surprising interpretations” (Reading Eagle), and “perfection of intonation and ensemble” (Hudson Review). Merz Trio are committed to reshaping the narrative of classical music through vibrantly dynamic programming and wide-ranging interdisciplinary collaboration. Their narrative programming style juxtaposes classical standards, new music, and their own arrangements of familiar and forgotten works, fluidly interwoven and guided with speaking from the Trio’s members.
The Trio are known for their immersive integrations of music and text in performance, from their recital-theater piece built around Shakespeare’s Macbeth (“Those Secret Eyes”), to their album interweaving Ravel’s Trio with short pieces, poems, and diaries of the era (“Ink”). In their arranging, the Trio are committed to uplifting overlooked voices from history, ranging from Hildegard von Bingen to Lili Boulanger, from Joséphine Baker to Irish folk melodies.