Ránki – Stark – Devich: Piano Trios III. | Beethoven and Mendelssohn

Concert Hall

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70/1 („Ghost”)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

  • János Mátyás Stark – violin
  • Gergely Devich – cello
  • Fülöp Ránki – piano

The 2023 chamber music series by Fülöp Ránki, János Mátyás Stark and Gergely Devich will crown each of the four seasons with a concert at the BMC Concert Hall. The young artists will perform a selection of outstanding masterpieces from the piano trio repertoire, from Mozart to Ravel. The first three concerts feature two trios, sometimes highlighting the diversity and variety of the works, sometimes their commonalities, while the fourth programme includes a duo sonata, a testament to the musicians' long-standing duo collaborations.

One of Beethoven's pupils thought he detected the ghost of Hamlet's father in the second movement of the Trio in D major, which is dark and ethereal at the same time. He was not far from the truth: the composer had originally sketched the material for a witch scene in an abortive Macbeth opera. The moody and genuinely witty outer movements are made all the more entertaining by their kaleidoscopic variety. This is one of the first trios in which the three instruments enjoy full equality.
Already a great success at its premiere, Mendelssohn's Trio in D minor was described by Schumann as the master trio of his time, and he predicted that future generations would enjoy it too. The piano takes flight with virtuoso passages, the cello declares broad melodies in the spirit of Italian opera, and the light-footed fairies of the scherzo challenge the pianist with their exuberancy.

Further concerts in this series:

1 December 2023 7 PM Ránki – Stark – Devich: Piano Trios IV. | Debussy and Ravel

Season tickets for 4 concerts are available for 10.000 HUF on the spot and online at

Tickets are available for 3000 HUF on the spot,
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2023 September 16 Saturday