(The Beaux Arts Trio in 1955, the year of its founding. Violinist Damiel Guillet, pianist Menahem Pressler, cellist Bernard Greenhouse.)
I’m a novice when it comes to classical music. I think that my appreciation of the genre stems from that of my parents. My mother met my father while she was studying at a music conservatory in New York. My father loved classical music and, I imagine, the soporific effect it had on me when played on the car stereo during long drives.
These days, I still find certain performances calming, others uplifting and still others, exhilarating.
If you are in need of a little eye-opener this morning, please visit the Performance Today archive of the Beaux Arts Trio. Listen to their final concert given at Tanglewood, fifty-three years after their inaugural performance held at the same venue. You’ll be glad you did.