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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Concerts

Weinberg

Weinberg

Mieczyslaw Weinberg

Trio op.24

Quintet for piano and strings op.18
    Silesian Quartet, Victor Chestopal - piano


Two works of exceptional vitality written by a young composer, an exceptional pianist, who had, not long before, become a close friend of Shostakovich.
A mark of respect from Weinberg to his elder, the Trio op 24 begins with a masterful neoclassical Prelude. The Toccata with its exhilarating speed, the Poem of a dreamy lyricism, the Finale with its multiple characters: 4 unique movements creating an astonishing unity.
The Quintet op 18 testifies to Weinberg’s creative power. Serene melodies, naive marches, old-fashioned refrains, cabaret waltzes, Irish jigs, driving round dances… these ingenious elements are skilfully orchestrated and interwoven, and the five movements are always very convincing to the listener.

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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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Symphonic Beethoven

Symphonic Beethoven

L.v. Beethoven Geister Trio in D
F. Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 Italian in A
II. Andante con moto ‐ III. Con moto moderato

L.v. Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A

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


It’s a centuries-old practice to arrange great orchestral works for smaller formations. In the past, composers did the arrangements themselves, often out of necessity; before the invention of the gramophone, it was the only way to bring these masterpieces into smaller venues. It remained a common practice even after the invention of the recording. The arrangements invariably cast another light on orchestral pieces that were thought to be known inside out, and they allow this music to be played everywhere. The most famous musics are recognisable by their essence, intensity, colour and intimacy.

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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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NEWS

CD

Verklärte Nacht
New recording

Hummel - Brahms - Schönberg

28/07/2019
radio

Klara
zomerhits

Listen to Barbara Baltussen this week in ‘Zomerhits’ on Klara!

22/07/2019
radio

Musiq3
"Demandez le programme"

A pleasant, summery interview of our pianist in « Demandez le programme » on Musiq3 with a lot of fragments from our new cd. (In french) 

Musiq3 : "demandez le programme"
26/06/2019

Programs

Symphonic

Symphonic

Symphonic

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.7 in A, Op. 92
  • Dmitri Sjostakovitsj Symphony No.15 in A, Op. 141 (arr. V. Derevianko)

Dimitri Shostakovich Trio No. 2 in e, op. 67
Dimitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 15 in A, op. 141 (arr. V. Derevianko)

Trio Khaldei offers a new perspective on two major works of the symphonic repertoire, and revives a custom that was very popular up to the start of the 20th century – that of arrangement, allowing the audience to discover or rediscover these masterpieces.
Shostakovich & Prokofiev

Shostakovich & Prokofiev

Shostakovich & Prokofiev

  • Sergei Prokofiev Ballade in C, Op. 15
  • Sergei Prokofiev Cinq mélodies, Op. 35
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Trio No. 1 in C, Op. 8
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Trio No. 2 in e, Op. 67
  • Sergei Prokofiev Cinq mélodies, Op. 35
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Trio No. 1 in C, Op. 8
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Trio No. 2 in e, Op. 67
The programme from our first CD. Two magnificent but under-performed duos by Prokofiev, the first early trio by Shostakovich and his captivating second trio, a favourite in Trio Khaldei’s repertoire.
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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