Ravel composed his Trio in A minor between March and September 1914, completing it just after the outbreak of World War I, and just before he enlisted in the French army.
I was introduced to this piece forty years ago, through the extraordinary Angel recording that features Yehudi Menuhin on violin, Gaspar Cassado on cello, and Louis Kentner on piano. It quickly became one of my all-time best-loved pieces of classical music, a distinction it has kept to this day.
If you already know this work, you will be overjoyed to find a performance on YouTube that does it justice, together with impeccable quality sound and video. If, however, it is new to you, then you are about to make a new best friend. Even among Ravel’s many masterpieces, the A minor Trio stands out as being among the most passionate and personal music he ever wrote.
The Boston Trio is composed of pianist Heng-Jin Park, violinist Irina Muresanu, and cellist Allison Eldredge. This video was made in concert on June 4, 2009 at Boston’s famed Jordan Hall.