Friday, April 19, 2019
Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College
- Germaine Tailleferre Piano Trio
- Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67 (1944)
- Brahms Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26
The artists of the Horszowski Trio, active soloists and members of other successful chamber groups before debuting the ensemble in 2011, named themselves after the great Polish- American pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski, inspired by his “musicianship, integrity, and humanity.” New Yorker Magazine predicted that the ensemble was “destined for great things,” and they quickly set about fulfilling that destiny, touring widely across the United States, Japan, and India— including a stop in Bethlehem for a well-received CMSOB concert in 2014. By the time they prepared for another tour of Asia in 2018, the Los Angeles Times had crowned them “power players.” The year 2019 marks their European debut, including a performance at London’s Wigmore Hall.
Frequent collaborators in various combinations of instruments, the Horszowskis bring to their encore Lehigh Valley concert a favorite partner, violist Massumi Per Rostad of the Pacific Quartet (which wowed the CMSOB audience at a performance here in 2011). The Brahms piano quartet slated for the current CMSOB season is part of a Rostad/Horszowski All-Brahms Piano Quartets recording project scheduled with Bridge Records, which has also planned an All-Schumann Piano Trios recording with the trio, following the group’s 2014 debut album with Bridge, featuring works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and D’Indy.