UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 22, 2012
Is there a more remarkable piece of music than Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major? It’s a work he wrote when he was 20, and then rewrote when he was nearly 60. Listening to violinist Cho-Liang Lin, cellist Gary Hoffman and pianist Jon Kimura Parker’s inspired performance Wednesday in a SummerFest program at Sherwood Auditorium that also included the ensemble’s exceptional performances of Brahms other two piano trios, it was as if you could hear Brahms growing up, maturing right before your ears.
Whereas the other two trios in C Major and C Minor, written when he was in his 50s, begin with a dense, dark thicket of notes, the B Major starts in the sunlight, with the cello soon stating a theme that is not so far removed from Schubert in its lyrical nature.