Since their founding in 2012, the Busch Trio (pianist Omri Epstein, violinist Mathieu van Bellen, and cellist Ori Epstein) has emerged as one of the most exciting piano trios of their generation. In this compelling concert program of music by Dvořák for piano and strings—a repertoire to which the trio has devoted itself for the past several years as part of a 4-CD recording of the composer’s complete works for those instruments—they are joined by regular collaborators, violist Miguel da Silva and violinist Maria Milstein.
This concert program gives audiences a taste of how Dvořák’s mastery of the string and piano chamber music genre evolved over the course of his career. The evening opens with the composer’s 1876 Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, an early work of great intensity that distinguishes itself from his later pieces by its economy of means when it comes to motivic development. Violinist Maria Milstein then joins the Trio for Dvořák's Bagatelles for two violins, cello, and harmonium, written over the course of just a few days in 1878 for performance by the composer and a private circle of musician friends. The last two selections on the program, Dvořák’s Piano Quartet in E flat major and Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, were written a decade later, and reveal a composer in the full flower of his artistic powers: both works are captivating and lyrical masterpieces of the string and piano chamber repertoire.
Lucas Debargue in the spotlight – Fondation Louis Vuitton
A film by Christopher Nupen