Well-matched piano trio at the Louvre Auditorium is a fine, free way to start the week
Violinist Christian Tetzlaff, a welcome regular visitor to Toronto, has been doing a lot of fine work recently with his sister Tanja, who plays the cello.
They recently released an album featuring all three piano trios by Robert Schumann (on EMI), with pianist Leif-Ove Andsnes. They have also been touring with another fine pianist, Lars Vogt.
"Whatever they play, you want to hear it," wrote New York Times reviewer Steve Smith after an end-of-February recital by the three at Carnegie Hall.
Now available for free streaming from the Louvre Auditorium recital series on medici.tv is a June 15 program by the Tetzlaff siblings and Vogt featuring Brahms' Piano Trio No. 2, Dvorák's Piano Trio No. 3 and, as an encore, the "Scherzo" movement from Brahms' First.
The recital is, in a word, gorgeous (the performances are a bit more visceral and engaged than the sleek EMI recording with Andsnes).