Van Baerle Trio

Piano Trios

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917266221
Catnr: CC 72662
Release date: 25 September 2014
2 CD
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€ 19.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72662
Release date
25 September 2014

About the album

Mendelssohn’s piano trios are among the most popular and frequently played works within the genre. Both trios are such recognised works and display such perfection of form and content that one might well imagine that they flowed effortlessly from the composer’s pen without a moment’s doubt or hesitation. But was this actually so? In the course of recording the two Mendelssohn trios we had the opportunity to examine a copy of the manuscripts of both works. We were astonished to discover that the manuscript of the first trio displayed considerable differences from the work that we were familiar with as the celebrated Trio in D minor. Further investigation revealed that this was an early version of the same trio, completed in July 1839, nine months before the first edition of the definitive version. To our even greater astonishment it turned out that this version was not just a rough sketch but a complete work, which had undoubtedly stood the test of time even without Mendelssohn’s later revisions. It was incredible to discover a masterpiece by his hand that was unknown to us. To be sure, it was largely the same as or closely related to the trio that we were familiar with, but there were also wonderful passages that were totally new to us.
Twee beroemde meesterwerken, uitgevoerd door een prachtig piano trio
Mendelssohns’s (enige) twee pianotrio’s behoren tot de meest populaire werken binnen het genre. De trio’s zijn zo herkenbaar en perfect van vorm en inhoud, dat het lijkt alsof ze zonder enige moeite door de componist op papier zijn gezet. Dit is echter niet het geval. Het manuscript van het eerste trio laat grote verschillen zien met het bekende en beroemde ‘trio in d klein’ (op. 49). Uit onderzoek blijkt dat het manuscript een vroege versie is van dat trio, en niet slechts een schets is, maar een volledig werk. Dit werk heeft de tand des tijds doorstaan, ondanks Mendelssohn’s vele, latere aanpassingen. Het bevat zowel bekende als totaal nieuwe passages. Deze vroege versie van het eerste pianotrio is voor het eerst te beluisteren op dit album.

Het Van Baerle Trio is in 2004 opgericht door Hannes Minnaar - piano, Maria Milstein - viool en Gideon den Herder - cello. Hun debuutalbum is bekroond met de Edison Award.
Mendelssohns Klaviertrios gehören zu den bekanntesten des Genres und man sollte meinen, dass sie dem Komponisten leicht von der Hand gingen - doch war es tatsächlich so? Hinter zahlreichen Revisionen entdeckten die jungen Musiker jedoch ein ganz eigenständiges frühreres Werk. So kommt man hier in den Genuss zweier Meisterwerke der Kammermusik, gespielt von einem der aufgehenden Sterne am Trio-Himmel, doch als wäre das noch nicht genug, präsentieren uns die drei auf einer Bonus-CD außerdem Mendelssohns Piano Trio Nr. 1 in seiner Frühfassung - die Welt-Erstaufnahme!


The Van Baerle Trio was founded in 2004 by pianist Hannes Minnaar, violinist Maria Milstein and cellist Gideon den Herder. The name of the trio refers to the street where it all started: the Van Baerle street in Amsterdam. The three musicians met there during their studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, at a stone's throw from the Concertgebouw, which they consider as their musical home.

After winning the Vriendenkrans Competition in 2011 in the Concertgebouw and performing there numerous times since, the Van Baerle Trio was nominated by the famous hall for "ECHO Rising Stars 2013/14", a tour which brought the trio to major concert venues across Europe, such as Vienna's Musikverein, the Barbican in London, Cité de la Musique in Paris, L'Auditori in Barcelona and the Philharmonie in Cologne.

Before starting this European tour, the Van Baerle Trio already established its international reputation, having been awarded top prizes at the ARD Competition in Munich in 2013 and at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, receiving the Audience prize at both contests as well. In the Netherlands, the trio was awarded the Kersjes Prize, a bursary which supports an outstanding young Dutch ensemble each year.

The Van Baerle Trio was formed under the guidance of Dmitri Ferschtman and received lessons from Ferenc Rados and Claus-Christian Schuster, among others. The encounter with Menahem Pressler in 2008 was a great inspiration to the three musicians, who played for him on several occasions since. Eager to share their experience with the next generation of musicians, the members of the trio have been invited to teach at the Amsterdam Conservatory starting from 2014.

The Van Baerle Trio tours extensively throughout Europe and is a regular guest on radio and television, both in Holland and abroad. Among its appearances at France Musique was the radio programme "Génération...Jeunes Interprètes" of Gaëlle Le Gallic. Upcoming performances of the trio include the Bergen Festival, Rheingau Festival and Philharmonie Essen.

The first CD of the Van Baerle Trio with works by Saint-Saëns, Loevendie and Ravel was released in 2012 with Etcetera Records (KTC 1438). The recording received an Edison Award in 2013 and was praised in the national and international press: "extremely talented trio" (NRC Handelsblad), "highly expressive unit, worth discovering" (The Observer), "precise and well-balanced ensemble" (Classica).



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