Sitkovetsky Trio Collaborates With Hong Kong Sinfonietta
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The Sitkovetsky Trio collaborates with Principal Guest Conductor of Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Christoph Poppen, to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano, as well as three prominent works written for piano trio by Rachmaninov, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
The Sitkovetsky Trio consists of violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, pianist Wu Qian, and newly-arrived cellist Isang Enders. The ensemble’s interpretations have brought them critical acclaim, as well as invitations to distinguished performance venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Concertgebouw, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Palais des Beaux Arts, Musée du Louvre, and l’Auditori Barcelona.
In their first-ever collaboration with Hong Kong Sinfonietta, The Triple Concerto is a piece that stands in the middle of Beethoven’s concerto output. Written in 1804 when the composer had started to recognise his worsening deafness, the piece is notable for its quiet start, which gradually blossoms into episodes of vivacity and great panache.
In his compositional process, Beethoven was meticulous in foregrounding the three soloists, often writing for the cellist’s higher registers to increase audibility, and letting the three play simultaneously to avoid being overpowered by the orchestra. The first half of the concert will feature Maestro Poppen conducting two refreshingly contrasting first symphonies by Beethoven and 20th-century German composer Hans Werner Henze.
Apart from their performance with Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Sitkovetsky Trio will give a recital to present three works written for piano trio, including Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat, Rachmaninov’s Trio élégiaque No 1 in G minor, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor.