Programme & Tickets

Saturday, 16. May 2020, 19:30
Hotel Schweizerhof, Zeugheersaal

Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns – A Tribute to their Friendship

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
Russian Dance for Violin and Piano, Op. 40 No. 10 (1878)

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921)
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 92 (1891/92)

Alexander Krein (1883-1951)
Elegy for Piano Trio, Op. 16 (1913)

Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)
Piano Trio in D major, Op. 22 (1907)

This evening of powerful and moving music for piano trio unites the names of Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saёns. The two composers were not just contemporaries, but friends, and they happily promoted each other’s music. There are also cases of musical influence: the first movement of Saint-Saёns’ Piano Trio No. 2 almost quotes a theme from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio and inherits its high emotional temperature. Tchaikovsky entrusted the premiere of his Trio to Sergei Taneyev, his student and admirer. Taneyev’s own chamber music is often suffused by Tchaikovskian lyricism, although this is held in check by counterpoint that harks back to Bach and Mozart. Taneyev’s own student, Alexander Krein, who went on to lead a school of Jewish composers, wrote an Elegy for trio in the same classicising vein, and its adventurous harmonies are clearly influenced by the new French masters, Debussy and Ravel.

Dinner: 17.30
Before the concert the Hotel Schweizerhof offers an exclusive two-course meal.
CHF 65 (excl. drinks)

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