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The piano trio “Ghost” received its name after the description given by Beethoven’s disciple Carl Czerny to the 2nd part of the composition: “The character of this very slowly performed part is ghostly-evil, suggesting an appearance from the other world. It reminds of the ghost´s first appearance in Hamlet”. Such description, though, is at odds with the vivacity and vigor of the first and the third parts of the piece. Other well-known contemporaries of the composer, i.e. writer and composer J.F.Reichard and writer E.T.A.Hoffmann were also under great impression from this composition and wrote delightful reviews. The two piano trios (op.70) written in Beethoven's most fruitful period in 1808 demonstrated clearly the trio genre was much more than entertaining music, which was mainly the case before, i.e. in Haydn’s and Mozart’s works. Even the first three trios (op.1) by Beethoven – his firstborns – to the surprise of Joseph Haydn, won ovations, despite not being in tune with the genre traditions of that time.
The young French-Latvian trio Sōra, of Clémence de Forceville, violin, Angèle Legasa, cello and Pauline Chenais, piano, takes a special place among chamber music performers due to their artistic individuality. Musical traditions inherited from the homeland of each of the performers define their musical sound and interpretation identity. Founded in 2015 in Paris, the charismatic ensemble won the concert stages of Europe and hearts of the public in an instant, and took such awards as Parkhouse Award (2017) and Special prize of Verbier music festival (2018).
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Trio for violin, cello and piano
Piano trio No.1 D-major op.70 (“Ghost”) (1808)
- Allegro vivace e con brio
- Largo assai ed espressivo
Piano trio No.3 C-minor op.1 (1795)
- Allegro con brio
- Andante cantabile con variazioni
- Menuetto. Quasi Allegro
- Finale. Prestissimo
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