In ‘Stolen Music’, the trio’s members work collectively, taking well-known orchestral works and creating new arrangements for violin, cello and piano. The trio sees the resulting works not just as transcriptions, but as “re-imaginations of the orchestral score through the piano trio medium, allowing the work to be heard in a fresh new light and the potential of the piano trio to be fully stretched”.
The project features popular works by Grieg, Debussy, Dukas and Ravel arranged by the Linos Piano Trio, and these are placed alongside a variety of other works including similarly-minded arrangements by Eduard Steurmann of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and by Beethoven of his own Second Symphony.
The Schoenberg arrangement also features in a programme entitled ‘The Viennese Masters’, placed alongside works by Mozart and Schubert to celebrate some of the great chamber music to have come out of Vienna.
More information about the individual proposals already mentioned can be found below. Please also click here for the full list of the trio’s programme proposals, which the group is pleased to offer for 2021 and for the 2021-22 season.
Taking transfiguration as its theme, this programme begins with Beethoven’s Trio Piano Trio in D major, op. 70, no. 1, whose nickname ‘Ghost’ derives from the eerie soundworld of its slow movement. Beethoven’s great trio is paired with the ‘Stolen Music’ of Dukas’s L’apprenti sorcier and the aforementioned Steurmann arrangement of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht — two programmatic works composed at the very end of the 19th century, which epitomise the opposite end of Romanticism from Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ trio.
The first half of this programme evokes ‘Day’, with a selection of works effecting the journey from sunrise to sunset: Grieg’s Morgenstemning (from his Peer Gynt suite) and Boulanger’s D’un matin de Printemps are set in the morning, before the afternoon arrives with Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (arranged by the Linos Piano Trio as part of ‘Stolen Music’) and Boulanger’s D’un Soir Triste brings in the evening. The second half evokes ‘Night’, where Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht is placed alongside Night Suite by the Linos pianist Prach Boondiskulchok.
Beethoven’s own arrangement of his Symphony no. 2 in D major forms the first half of this programme which focuses entirely on symphonic works brought into the piano trio medium. The second half consists of two Linos Piano Trio arrangements: Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite no. 1, which includes the famous movement ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’, and Ravel’s symphonic poem La Valse.
The Linos Piano Trio have particularly enjoyed working on music by great French composers as part of their ‘Stolen Music’ project, and the first half of this programme showcases their arrangements of three great French works: Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte and Dukas’s L’apprenti sorcier. Alongside these arrangements, Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor forms the second half, one of the great works of the piano trio genre.
The ensemble offers this programme in celebration of some of the great chamber music to have come out of Vienna.