I would like to have saved the honour for a somewhat longer piece, but then I should have had to put it off, as I have so often of late. Nothing seemed good enough to me, and in fact neither does this trio.’
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) may have had second thoughts about his second piano trio, but few would agree today: His Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66, written just two years before his death, is one of his most riveting and rewarding works. Marvel at the energetic and furious opening movement, played on our April 2016 “Spring In the Valley” tour by the 14-year old dynamos Masha Lakisova, violin, and Isaiah Kim, cello, anchored by our Heifetz faculty pianist Anton Smirnoff!