Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Piano Trio Op. 11 (Gassenhauertrio)
- Allegro con brio - Adagio - Theme con variazioni ("Pria ch'io l'impegno": Allegretto)
Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt (1833-1894): Nocturne Op. 75
Beethoven rarely paid homage to the popular music of his time, and when he even chose a popular song as the theme for variations - as in the B-flat Major Trio, op. 11 - it was for special reasons. The final theme of the trio was written by Joseph Weigl, the most popular Viennese opera composer around 1800, and the tercet Pria ch'io l'impegno from Weigl's box office hit L'amore marinaro (The Corsair) was the talk of the town in Vienna around 1800. Nevertheless, Beethoven would surely have resisted the allure of the melody if the clarinetist for whom he wrote the trio (probably Joseph Beer) had not specifically asked him for variations on it. As a trio, we were immediately enthralled by this work and - the more we delved into it - the more exciting and interesting it became. With all his sophistication, Beethoven inspires the whole audience. In our search for more works for our trio instrumentation, we came across the Nocturne by Voigt. With its lyrically wonderful sounds, the Nocturne provides a great contrast to Beethoven.
Biography Varga Trio
Erika Varga, Valentina Dubrovina and Julia Pleninger found each other as the Varga Trio at ZHdK in early 2021. The young artists already had many concerts together and could convince with a 1st prize at Danubia Talents music competition as a trio.
Cellist Valentina Dubrovina is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik in Basel (Prof. Ivan Monighetti and Sol Gabetta). Valentina is a laureate of prestigious competitions such as the Davidoff Cello Competition, Basel Orchestra Society Competition, the All-Russian Competition.
The clarinetist Erika Varga is 1st prize winner of the international FEMUS Woodwind Competition and prize winner of various national and international competitions. Erika studies at the Lucerne University of Music in the class of Robert Pickup.
Pianist Julia Pleninger is currently studying Master Performance at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in the class of Prof. Hans-Jürg Strub. She has been a prize-winner at numerous national and international competitions and has had many concert appearances throughout Germany and abroad.
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