In this video: Wilma Smith, Yelian He and Yasmin Rowe unite as Rock Paper Scissors. Coming from diverse multicultural backgrounds and generations, the unlikely liaison of these three multi-award-winning performers is melded together by pure musical chemistry and a love for the wide-ranging repertoire that exists for piano trio.
Beethoven was a great admirer of Mozart’s talent. The feeling was mutual, with Mozart proclaiming Beethoven would steal the world’s attention with his music. Drawn together by their prolific virtuosity as composers, the two artists are also among the greatest pianists who ever lived. Their genius on keyboard is visible in their luminous piano trios. Mozart’s Piano Trio in G exploded the possibilities of the form, giving keyboard, cello and violin equal prominence for the first time. In Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio, a darkly styled slow movement inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth illustrates a whole world of inspiration being tapped into. Richly rewarding for the listener, technically challenging for the artist, these works show how unrelenting and unique Mozart and Beethoven’s pursuit of great music was.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Trio No.2 in G, K.496
Allegro Andante Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Trio No.5 in D, Op.70 No.1, ‘The Ghost’
Allegro vivace e con brio Largo assai ed espressivo Presto