Trio Khaldei

THE Trio

Trio Khaldei brings together Barbara Baltussen (piano), Pieter Jansen (violin) and Francis Mourey (cello), three musicians with a passion for chamber music and, more specifically, for the unique sonority of the piano trio.

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family business #1 Robert & Clara Schumann

family business #1 Robert & Clara Schumann

R. Schumann  Drei Fantasiestücke
C. Schumann  Trio in g
C. Schumann 3 Romances 
R. Schumann  Trio No. 1 in d

Inaugurating its "Family Business" series, Trio Khaldei dedicates some programs in the following seasons to a few families of musicians, starting with Robert and Clara Schumann. They shared years of love and pain, exercised reciprocal influence and were for one another a never ending source of inspiration. 


Robert Schumann wrote the Drei Fantasiestücke for cello and piano in two days, in February 1849. Originally intended for clarinet and piano, the composer indicated that they could also be performed with viola or cello

Clara’s Piano Trio, composed three years before, is generally considered as one of her finest works. At the time, Robert and Clara were intensively studying Bach's music, inspiring Clara to develop a particular sense of counterpoint in this Trio.

Clara Schumann composed the Three Romances for violin and piano in 1853, and dedicated them to the legendary violinist Josef Joachim. She also performed an extensive tour with him during which she regularly performed her own compositions. A critic wrote about this piece in the Times: "Luxurious and poignant, to hear them we regret that Clara's composition career is subordinated to that of her husband."

Robert wrote his first Piano Trio in 1847, inspired by the one Clara had composed a year earlier. This trio announces a big change in Robert’s composition style, becoming more intellectual, more architectural. He wrote about this : "Before, I was composing almost all my short works in a wave of inspiration. From the year 1845, when for the first time I first elaborated everything mentally, I developed a new style of composition”. A new style that remains very intuitively expressive, traditional in form, but at the same time shows a great inventiveness in the way he eludes the "problems" associated with classical forms.

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Versatile Beethoven

Versatile Beethoven

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Duo in C for violin and cello
Sonata No. 3 for cello and piano in A
Frühlingssonate for violin and piano in F
Geister Trio

Trio Khaldei celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday with three programs that illustrate the composer's variety of composition styles.


Trio Khaldei likes to extend the boundaries of the trio set-up and brings together in this program pieces for violin and cello, violin and piano, cello and piano and one of Beethoven's most popular piano trios: the Geister Trio. This program gives a wide picture of the evolution in Beethoven's composition style, from classic to revolutionary romantic.

Beethoven originally composed his Duo in C for clarinet and bassoon ; we play the arrangement for violin and cello by F. Hermann. It is not known when Beethoven wrote this work, but it’s clearly an early work in which the influence of Haydn and Mozart is still easily audible.

The Sonata for violin and piano Op. 24a was given the nickname "Springsonata" (Frühlingssonate) after the death of the composer, because of the elegance and joy of life that transpire from it. Once more, Mozart is not far away, but Beethoven experiments with the form: this is the first sonata in four movements instead of the usual three.

The third Cello Sonata and the Geister Trio - both composed in 1808 - are clearly from a mature composer who has found his own voice. Beethoven looked for a long time for the right balance between cello and piano, and in the manuscript we can literally see Beethoven trying to find the ideal distribution of the melodic material between both instruments.

The Geister trio owes its name to Beethoven's pupil Carl Czerny, who wrote that the slow movement reminded him of the ghost scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet. About the trio, E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote : "this music proves that Beethoven’s music has a romantic soul, that resonates in a highly personal, thoughtful and brilliant way."

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Programs

Debuts

Debuts

Debuts

  • Jean Sibelius Trio in C "Lovisa", JS 208
  • Gillis Sacré Sursum
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Trio No. 1 in C, Op. 8
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff Elegiac Trio No. 1 in g
  • Gaspar Cassadó Trio in C
  • Jean Sibelius Trio in C "Lovisa", JS 208
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Trio No. 1 in C, Op. 8
  • Gillis Sacré Sursum
  • Gaspar Cassadó Trio in C
Five composers experimented at the start of their careers with the challenging form that is the piano trio. These early works showcase numerous characteristics that would later define their musical style.
Versatile Beethoven

Versatile Beethoven

Versatile Beethoven

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Duo in C for violin and cello, WoO 27 No. 1
Sonata No. 3 for cello and piano in A, Op. 69
Frühlingssonate for violin and piano in F, Op. 24​​​​​​​
Geister Trio, op. 70 No. 1​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Variations on Bei Männer, welche Liebe fühlen for cello and piano, WoO 46
Frühlingssonate for violin and piano in F, Op. 24
Geister Trio in D, Op. 70 No. 1

Trio Khaldei celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday with three programs that illustrate the composer's variety of composition styles.

Celtic inspiration

Celtic inspiration

Celtic inspiration

Frank MartinTrio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises
Joseph Haydn Welsh and Scottish folk songs *
Ludwig van BeethovenIrish, Welsh and Scottish folk songs *

* selection of folk songs for voice and piano trio

F. MartinTrio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises
L.v. BeethovenIrish, Welsh and Scottish folk songs *

* selection of folk songs for voice and piano trio

Trio Khaldei celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday with three programs that illustrate the composer's variety of composition styles.


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