Philip Setzer, violin
David Finckel, cello
Wu Han, piano

“It’s hard to imagine a piano trio playing on a higher level of technical accomplishment and musical expressivity…” – Dallas Morning News


Ludwig van Beethoven Trio in E-flat, Op. 1, No. 1 Program Notes
Dmitri Shostakovich Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8 Program Notes
Franz Schubert Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 100, D. 929 Program Notes

On October 30, New York City’s “Musical Power Couple,” cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, will join Emerson Quartet violinist Philip Setzer for an afternoon of favorite piano trios. Shostakovich’s youthfully ardent C-minor trio, composed at 17, was inspired by his first love, Tanya. Beethoven’s Trio in E-flat, Op. 1, No. 1, was the publishing debut of the supremely confident 25-year-old genius who already sensed his power to permanently alter the musical landscape. The program will conclude with the 30-year-old Schubert’s profound Trio in E-flat Major, the soulful outpouring of the still-young composer who knew he was nearing the end of his much-too-short life.

Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel discuss the two Schubert piano trios:

Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel perform Schubert’s Trio in B-flat, mvt 1: