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Vienna Piano Trio

Monday 10th March 2008: Vienna Piano Trio

Matthias Gredler, violoncello
Stefan Mendl, piano
Wolfgang Redik, violin


Haydn:  Piano Trio in E flat Hob. XV.29
Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat Op. 1/1
Schubert: Piano Trio in E flat D 929 Op. 100

Artist Information:

The Strad Magazine wrote in 1995 of their "meteoric rise to fame" and in April 2000 "The remarkable Vienna Piano Trio, fast becoming the leading trio of the 21st century". In January 2001 The Times gave them the accolade of "Classical Album of the year 2000" for their latest release (Beethoven:Piano Trios op.1 Nos 2&3). "This youthful ensemble have rapidly established themselves as one of the finest chamber groups on the international circuit" The Washington post had named the trio as "one of the world's leading groups for violin, cello and piano".

Founded in 1988 by violinist Wolfgang Redik, cellist Marcus Trefny and pianist Stefan Mendl they studied extensively with the Trio di Trieste, the Haydn Trio-Vienna, the LaSalle- and Guarneri Quartets together with lessons from Isaac Stern, Ralph Kirshbaum, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson-and the Beaux Arts Trios. In 2001 Austrian cellist Matthias Gredler joined the group.

During the past seasons they have toured the USA and Canada (twice a year), Japan , Australia and New Zealand and most European countries. They have performed at prestigious festivals such as the "Beethoventage Bonn", the "Schubertiade Schwarzenberg", the Festival "Aix en Provence ", the Festivals in Kuhmo ( Finland ), The "Festival International Lanaudiere", the "Ottawa Chamber Music Festival" ( Canada ) among many others.

Highlights of the upcoming season are concerts in the U.S.A. (e.g. New York-Frick-Collection, Boston , Baltimore), South-America (e.g. Buenos Aires-Teatro Colon, Santiago de Chile), performances of Beethoven's Triple-Concerto with the Munich Chamber Orchestra as part of the Beethoven Festival-Bonn as well as numerous concerts all over Europe . ( England , Germany , France , Switzerland , the Netherlands ). Collaborations with the actor David Bennent (Schumann-Heine) and the clarinetist/composer Jörg Widmann will lead them to Hamburg (Musikhalle), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Düsseldorf, Heidelberg and the Festivals of Schleswig-Holstein and Rheingau.

Their own annual series in the Musikverein in Vienna for the "Jeunesse Musicale" will include works by Mozart, Schumann, Shostakovich and contemporaray Austrian composers in its final year.
Starting in 2006/2007 the Vienna Piano Trio is going to have a residency at the "Wiener Konzerthaus" (Mozartsaal).

Their recordings for Nimbus Records have received highest critical acclaim. "These very musical young players seem to think and breathe as one ... this is music-making of ravishing sensitivity and tonal command" (Stanley Sadie in Gramophone 1999 on their disc of Mozart piano trios). They were Editors Choice for Gramophone for their Haydn CD, Classic CD choice for Shostakovich/Schnittke and Mozart CDs and in April 2000 The Strad magazine presented a cover story on the Ensemble.

Having started a successful new collaboration with MDG (Dabringhaus&Grimm) in 2002 (Schubert´s complete works for piano-trio,2002) the Vienna Piano Trio recorded the four piano trios by Antonin Dvorak in December 2003. A new CD with works by Schoenberg (`Transfigured Night´), Zemlinsky and Mahler was released in November 2005.

Wolfgang Redik plays a J.B.Guadagnini 1771 on loan from the Austrian National Bank.



“These performances by the Vienna Piano Trio are, quite simply, stunning. I have never heard care for detail balanced with expressive purpose work so successfully in this repertoire. From the electrifying start of Op.21, nearly every phrase has something ear-catching to offer. The sheer freshness of approach and clear belief in the value of this music demands attention at every stage. The same level of understanding is also everywhere apparent in the denser, more complex F minor Trio: interpretative playing of the highest quality enhanced by a natural sound put this issue well ahead of any other contenders. Performance:Five stars Sound:Five stars” - BBC Music Magazine

“ Vienna Piano Trio---debut of the year?

The arts season is still young but the Houston debut of the Vienna Piano Trio will be one of the events elbowing its way to be `best of the year´. The 16-year-old, internationally acclaimed ensemble of piano, violin and cello was perhaps tardy getting to the Houston Friends of Music series - the players tour North American a lot - but the group´s recital Tuesday at Rice University was worth the wait.

The performances of works of Haydn, Ravel and Schubert were fresh, lively and insightful. The music-making was infused with anticipation and excitement. The ensemble sound was impeccably balanced and colorful. The players could have been encountering the music for the first time.

Best of all, the members´ playing displayed a keen sensitivity to style. Well-honed, long-lasting groups - only the cellist has changed, once, in the Vienna´s history - can settle into highly polished but generic playing that is as much about the musicians´ technical polish and powerful sound as the music´s essential qualities… The shift to Ravel´s Piano Trio in A Minor was flawless. The realization was stunning - shimmering, elusive, floating, charged with coiled energy.

Redik and Gredler played their opening first-movement theme, separated by multiple octaves, with melting beauty, and they maintained the polished, nuanced color throughout. Mendl matched that spirit, never overwhelming or overshadowing.

Repeatedly, the carefully calibrated but relentless building of sound, volume and intensity over many measures to an emotional peak was brilliant. The collaboration was a glorious example of vibrant music-making. Houston Chronicle

The trio devoted the second half of the program to an electrifying performance of Schubert's Trio in E flat. As in the Mozart and Schumann works, the musicians used contradictory expectations as a kind of mining tool. Tempos, for example, were brisk, and phrasing tended toward aggressiveness, qualities that could easily have plowed over Schubert's uncommonly rich melodies. But instead, the same clarity that illuminated the Mozart put Schubert's melodies in high relief, just as the hint of grittiness in Mr. Redik's playing gave the performance a breathing, organic quality. NY Times

The program the three youngish members of the ensemble presented yesterday in St.Andrew´ s consisted of Haydn´ s Trio in D, Hob.XV/24 and Schubert´s Trio in E-flat, op.100 and, yes, they had a way with each of the pieces, quite a way.
The Schubert in particular was the kind of thing that brought the audience instantly to ist feet when it ended.
Although Haydn and Schubert´s lives overlapped by about ten years, they belonged to different musical worlds. Haydn was the ultimate classicist, while Schubert was the first major romantic composer.
It was fitting, therefore, that the trio played the Haydn with elegance, poise and clarity above all…The Vienna musicians have all the virtues of the finest chamber players, including exquisitely precise ensemble playing and unanimity regarding what the music is about.” - Ottowa Citizen

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