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San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Gryphon Trio, Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin, Roman Borys, cello and James Parker, piano, has been the ensemble- in- residence at the University of Toronto, Canada, for the last eight years. They are firmly established as one of the world's pre-eminent piano trios.
Their program consists of two works:
Haydn's Trio in C major and Mendessohn's Trio in D minor, Op. 49.
The Haydn work was completed in the time period 1794-97 during the composers's very successful second visit to London. It has three movements, an allegro, an andante and a finale with a lively presto. Although the three instruments all have significant roles, the piano part is particularly demanding.
Mendelssohn's Trio dates from 1839 when the composer was 30 years old and is probably his his most well known chamber work, with the possible exception of the Octet. It has four movements and is famous for its lyricism, and complex and constantly changing textures.