Exclusive: Beaux Arts Trio reunites – for one night only

Exclusive: Beaux Arts Trio reunites – for one night only


norman lebrecht

December 02, 2016

Last night at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the violinist Daniel Hope was conducting a public interview with Menahem Pressler when, guess what –


– on walks Antonio Meneses, the last cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. The three had not been together on stage together since the Beaux Arts’ farewell performance at the Gewandhaus seven years ago.

Daniel says: ‘Menahem was my guest at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, where I host a series combining live music and discussion. As a surprise, I invited Antonio Meneses to join us: this took months of secret planning and even involved engaging a young cellist to rehearse with us, so that Menahem had no idea. Menahem only found out on stage – his face was an absolute picture. We performed the slow movement of Beethoven Opus 11, one of our signature tunes. . It was a beautiful, emotional evening.’

photos (c) Uwe Arens / Konzerthaus Berlin

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  • Walter Winterfeldt says:

    Thank you, Daniel. Absolutely wonderful. I remember the trio’s last performances at Tanglewood and the Metropolitan Museum. Thankfully I have recorded souvenirs of both.

  • Thomas says:

    This sounds like a delightful surprise and impromptu performance with a true chamber musician like Menahem. Well done, Daniel!

  • John Borstlap says:

    The Beaux Arts was a wonderful ensemble. Their Brahms chamber music CD is a gem, setting standards for every following recording / performance.