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WPA: Joshua Bell, violin; Steven Isserlis, cello & Jeremy Denk, piano

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 8pm

The Music Center

Washington Performing Arts
Joshua Bell, violin
Steven Isserlis, cello
Jeremy Denk, piano

“Distinct musical personalities [who] work together extremely well” – Gramophone

Extending the “magical intimacy” (The Strad) of the collaboration immortalized on their critically acclaimed 2016 album, For the Love of Brahms, this trio of A-list performers (who happen to be good friends) expand their repertoire to four masters of the 19th and 20th centuries.

As Bell noted at the time of the earlier project, the trio’s success lies in the balance between creative cohesion and tension. “It felt like family getting together,” Bell said. “We have three very strong personalities. There were some tense moments.” “We’re three pretty strong characters with our different views,” Isserlis agreed. “But we met in the end, we were in a good mood at the end, and that’s a good sign.” “We evolved.… It turned into something unexpected,” Bell concluded. Expect more of the unexpected—and the transcendent—at Strathmore this season.

This performance is made possible in part through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg, Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather, and an anonymous donor.

This performance is not presented by Strathmore.

Bell Isserlis Denk

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor

Piano Trio in A minor

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