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Masters of Melancholy

La mélancolie, c’est le bonheur d’être triste.
   — Victor Hugo

In this program, Trio Khaldei brings together three composers mastering the sound of melancholy.

César Franck, the most famous Belgian composer, was born in 1822 and found in his work the ultimate symbiosis of German Romanticism and French Impressionism. His Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 1 is a rarely-played pearl.

Born in 1921, Astor Piazzolla, the great Argentine tango master, represents the four seasons in Buenos Aires in a unique way. These are four nostalgic tangos in which Latin America and Europe meet and blend.

Franz Schubert's second Piano Trio in Eb is one of the absolute highlights of the piano trio repertoire. This trio is one of Schubert's last compositions, written a year before his death in 1828. Schubert based the second movement, Andante con moto, on a Swedish folk song: Se solen sjunker.

“Watch the sun descend behind the high peaks of the mountains. Oh beautiful hope, you flee the dark shadows of the night. ”