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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Mendelssohn Piano Trio

Sunday, March 05, 2017

If music be the food of love, play on. —Shakespeare

What do you get when three world-class soloists get together to play chamber music?

You get greatness—particularly when the three players are Kissin, Bell and Maisky performing Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49.

I was introduced to this Swiss Alps Verbier Festival video by Vincent DeLuise, MD, one of the brilliant Biosyntrx Scientific Advisory Board members. Hearing this extraordinary music by these three classical masters over and over took my breath away each time I listened, as did the almost anatomical-in-detail camerawork that made me feel as if I had a front row or an on-stage seat for the performance.

Pianist Evgeny Kissin's otherworldly crystalline perfection, coupled with Joshua Bell's gentle violin sensitivity, and cellist Mischa Maisky's command and brillance seem perfect for a Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities.

Lush Mendelssohnian romanticism and passion prevail in the stormy first movement, followed by heart-rending lyricism in the melting adagio, a scintillating scherzo with breathtaking pianissimo / prestissimo moments—and a driving finale.

I recommend listening with your eyes closed first time around for the cellular effect this music creates. Then, while listening for the second time, keep your eyes open and watch the phenomenal players and the enchanting camerawork.   


Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

The Verbier Festival is a yearly Swiss Alps opportunity for young classical musicians and experienced musicians from different countries, cultures and languages to attend master classes and connect through their music, which feeds the ultimate human dream of world peace.  

This is another important musical event to add to my already burgeoning bucket list.