Beaux Arts Trio

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The Beaux Arts Trio was a noted piano trio, celebrated for their vivacity, emotional depth and wide-ranging repertoire. They made their debut on 13th July, 1955, at the Berkshire Music Festival, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA, known today as the Tanglewood Music Center. Their final American concert was held at Tanglewood on August 21, 2008. It was webcast live and archived on NPR Music. Their final concert was in Lucerne, Switzerland on 6th September, 2008.

The Beaux Arts Trio recorded the entire standard piano trio repertoire. In 2005, the trio celebrated its 50th anniversary with two special CD issues, one featuring their most popular releases through their long years of recording (released by Philips Records), and the other an anniversary collection of new music (released by Warner Records). Throughout its existence, the trio was held together by the founding member, pianist Menahem Pressler. The original members of the trio when it was founded in 1955 were:

  • Piano: Menahem Pressler
  • Violin: Daniel Guilet
  • Cello: Bernard Greenhouse

The violin and cello members changed on a number of occasions, with later members including:

  • Violin: Isidore Cohen (1968–1992; formerly 2nd violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet), Ida Kavafian (1992–1998), Yung Uck Kim (1998–2002), Daniel Hope (2002-2008)
  • Cello: Peter Wiley (1987-1998), then changed to Guarneri Quartet), Antonio Meneses (1998-2008)

In July 2015, Decca Classics released a 60-CD box set to mark their 60th Anniversary.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Piano Quartets nos. 1 & 2 Dvořák; Beaux Arts Trio, Walter Trampler 2
1980 Clarinet Trios Brahms, Beethoven; members of the Beaux Arts Trio, George Pieterson 1
1985 Dvorak: "Dumky" Trio / Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.1 Dvořák, Mendelssohn; Beaux Arts Trio 1
1985 Piano Trios Ravel, Chausson; Beaux Arts Trio 1
1987 Triple Concerto / Piano Trio Op.121a "Kakadu" Variations Beethoven; Beaux Arts Trio, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 1
1988 The Piano Trios Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Beaux Arts Trio 1
1989 Piano Trio no. 1, D898 / Notturno, D897 Schubert; Beaux Arts Trio 1
1990 Fauré Beaux Arts Trio 1
1990 Piano Trio Nr. 2, D.929 / Trio-Sonate, D. 28 Schubert; Beaux Arts Trio 5 1
1990 Trio op. 90 “Dumky” / Piano Trio op. 65 Dvořák; Beaux Arts Trio 2 1
1991 Piano Trio No. 2 / Piano Quintet Shostakovich; Beaux Arts Trio, Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton 1
1993 Complete Trios Brahms; Beaux Arts Trio, Grumiaux, Orval, Sebök, Pieterson 1
1994 Piano Trios Korngold, Zemlinksy; Beaux Arts Trio 2
1994 Triple Concerto / Choral Fantasy Beethoven; Beaux Arts Trio, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur 1
1995 The Complete Piano Trios / The Clarinet Trio "Kegelstatt" Mozart; Beaux Arts Trio, Jack Brymer, Stephen Kovacevich, Patrick Ireland 1
1996 Complete Piano Trios Dvořák; Beaux Arts Trio 1
1997 Beaux Arts Trio plays Turina and Granados Turina, Granados; Beaux Arts Trio 1
1997 The Piano Trios / Piano Quartet, Op. 47 / Piano Quintet, Op. 44 Schumann; Beaux Arts Trio, Samuel Rhodes, Dolf Bettelheim 1
1998 Piano Trios Hummel; Beaux Arts Trio 1
2004 Mendelssohn: Trio No. 1; Dvorák: Dumky Trio Dvořák, Mendelssohn; Beaux Arts Trio 1
A Celebration 1955-1995 - Bonus CD Maurice Ravel, Joseph Haydn, Gabriel Fauré; Beaux Arts Trio 1
Piano Trios "Archduke" and "Ghost" Beethoven; Beaux Arts Trio 1
Piano Trios, Hob. XV: 24, 25, 26 & 27, including "Gypsy Trio" Haydn; Beaux Arts Trio 1
Piano Trios, Hob. XV: 28, 29, 30 & 31 Haydn; Beaux Arts Trio 1
Spring Music Baker, Rochberg, Rorem; Beaux Arts Trio 1
The 'Elegiac' Piano Trios Rachmaninoff; Beaux Arts Trio 1
The 3 Piano Trios / Fantasiestucke, Op. 88 Schumann; Beaux Arts Trio 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Complete Piano Trios (1960s cycle) Beethoven; Beaux Arts Trio 1
1980 Beaux Arts Trio: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Dvarak, Tschaikowsky, Ravel Beaux Arts Trio 1
1991 Complete Piano Trios Haydn; Beaux Arts Trio 2
1993 Complete Trios (1960s recordings) Schubert; Beaux Arts Trio, Grumiaux Trio 1
1994 String Quartet No. 14 "Death and the Maiden" / Piano Quintet "The Trout" Franz Schubert; Quartetto Italiano, Beaux Arts Trio 1
1996 Complete Piano Quartets Brahms; Beaux Arts Trio, Walter Trampler 1
2001 The Piano Trios (1970s / 80s cycle) Beethoven; Beaux Arts Trio 1
2006 The Piano Trios (1980s recordings) Schubert; Beaux Arts Trio 1
Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 / Notturno / 'Trout' Quintet / Adagio & Rondo Schubert; Beaux Arts Trio, Melos Ensemble of London 1

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