Friday, October 21, 2011

Rubinstein, Heifetz & Piatigorsky: Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1

In this undated video clip, Arthur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz & Gregor Piatigorsky perform Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49. This trio was referred to in some circles as the "Million Dollar Trio."

Mendelssohn completed the work on September 23, 1839 and published it the following year. The work is scored for a standard piano trio consisting of violin, cello and piano, as is the case in this performance. The trio is one of Mendelssohn's most popular chamber works and is recognized as one of his greatest along with his Octet, Op. 20.