FRANZ SCHUBERT - what we're working on now
We've been thinking a lot about Schubert these days. He's really becoming a part of our hearts and souls. For those of you who don't think you know him or his works that well, you can always start with good old Wikipedia under Franz Schubert. Then, check out his IMDb page. Yup, his music has been used in almost 350 different soundtracks, including Stanley Kubrick's Oscar winner "Barry Lyndon." You also probably haven't spent a single Christmas season without hearing his incredibly famous "Ave Maria" whether done by one of the greatest sopranos ever, or by the likes of Beyonce and Celine Dion. Schubert rocks on, 200 years later - now THAT's star power.
For those of you whom are already fans of Franz, we are so excited to share our experience with his Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat, written in the last few months of his life. It's one of the great staples of the chamber music repertoire - and one of the most epic, clocking in at almost 45 minutes of playing time. We'll be playing the 2nd and 4th movements on San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Chamber Music Day at the deYoung on October 16th at 3:30 in the Koret Auditorium. The famous first theme of the second movement, sung first by the cello and then by the piano, comes back in the cello part in the 4th movement and really ties these movements together. It's amazingly beautiful - melancholy, yet sweet. And it's pure genius. Come listen and let us know what you think!