Artist in Residence Ella van Poucke opens this concert with her brother, piano virtuoso Nicolas van Poucke. Together they perform Beethoven's third sonata for cello and piano. Beethoven wrote this masterpiece in the busiest time of his life, which was also the period that he was losing his hearing and he became depressed. Nevertheless is this third sonata one of his most energetic and positive works: serene, humourous and full of joy. Contrary to previous sonatas for cello and piano the balance between cello and piano is equal – the one instrument is not guiding the other instrument. Cello and piano are poetically in conversation with a challenging interaction.
Violist Niek Baar may be familiar to you as the winner of Oscar Back Concours 2018. He joins the musical duo for probably the most beloved piano trio in the history of classical music: Mendelssohn's first piano trio in d. Robert Schumann wrote: ‘This is the absolute master trio of our time. An exceptionally well written work which will give our grand children and greatgrandchildren so much pleasure.’ The performance by this trio will be a sheer delight.
This concert is made possible by Hermitage Amsterdam.