Aspen Music Festival And School

A Recital by Paul Huang violin, David Finckel cello, and Wu Han piano

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BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, op. 30, no. 3
SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Trio No. 1 in F major, op. 18
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50

The cliché about a couple “making beautiful music together” takes on an exalted meaning when it comes to cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Married for 34 years, they bring to every performance a sense of almost telepathic communication, along with total commitment, spontaneity, and a palpable delight that thrills audiences. These exceptional artists will be joined by PaulHuang, recipient of the​​​​ prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, in a trio of crowd pleasers.

Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 8 opens with a lighthearted, rollicking theme, and goes on to surprise us with offbeat rhythms, unexpected harmonic progressions, and even the suggestion of a peasant’s bagpipe. Child prodigy Saint-Saëns’s charming First Piano Trio is one of the most inspired outpourings of his youth. The joyful first movement is followed by a deeply expressive and tender slow movement, the sprightly scherzo is full of good humor and wonderful pizzicato effects, and the boisterous and buoyant finale may remind you of Beethoven. Concluding the program is Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio, the only piece he composed for piano and strings. Tchaikovsky dedicated it “to the memory of a great artist,” the recently deceased pianist Nikolai Rubinstein with whom he shared a difficult friendship.

Experience how exciting chamber music can be in the hands of these superb artists!

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO