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Ensemble Tris - 3 Instrumente, 3 Arten der Klangerzeugung, 3 Klangfarben: das ist Tris


Concert in Purkersdorf09.09.2022

How was Beethoven able to continue composing after he had lost his hearing? How did he feel about the music he could no longer hear? As early as 1801, at the age of 31, Beethoven described his symptoms: hearing loss with loss of high frequencies and reduced speech intelligibility, agonising ringing in the ears (tinnitus), distortions and, at the same time, hypersensitivity to sound. In the last years of his life he was deaf, simply a disaster for the brilliant musician.

The Cello Sonata op.102/2 was written in the crisis year of 1815, at the beginning of his late creative period. The Trio op.38, Beethoven's own arrangement of his famous Septet op.20, is dedicated to the Viennese doctor Johann Adam Schmidt, with whom he was treated for his incipient hearing disorder.

The programme opens with "Before Beethoven" by Karl Kohn. The title is due to the simple fact that this trio was played before Beethoven's famous "Gassenhauer" trio at its premiere in 1989. In terms of content, there are no explicit references to this particular work; the piece also exists on its own. However, individual motifs may well evoke associations with Beethoven's chamber music.


Concert in Vienna03.10.2022

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Alexander Zemlinsky's death and his 151st birthday:: Chamber music by Zemlinsky, Brahms, Berg and Webern.

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Concert in Vienna17.10.2022

2022 is not only the 125th anniversary of Johannes Brahms' death, but also the 150th birthday of Paul Juon.

Not much needs to be said about Brahms, a Viennese by choice. He is represented in the programme with his Trio op.114 - next to Beethoven's "Gassenhauer" Trio probably the most famous work for this instrumentation - as well as with some of his Hungarian Dances.

Paul Juon, on the other hand, is still an unknown quantity in concert life. The Trio Miniatures are an opportunity to rediscover his imagination and compositional skills and should make you want to hear more by this unjustly forgotten composer.

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3 instruments, 3 types of sound production,
3 tones: that's Tris

To form an exciting yet harmonious unity out of three different instruments and three individual personalities: that is the art of chamber music. The “culinary” name of our ensemble already puts the focus on the extraordinary possibilities of this special instrumentation.

The repertoire of TRIS is also extraordinarily diverse and extensive. The three musicians like to break new ground away from conventional programmes. TRIS is known for its joy of discovery and, in addition to the famous “classics” such as Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, enjoys bringing rarely played, overlooked and forgotten music to the concert stage.

An important part of the concert activity is therefore naturally devoted to the commitment to the many composers ostracised and persecuted under National Socialism. Here the ensemble has collected a unique repertoire of fantastic music of great stylistic range, for example by Vally and Karl Weigl, Leopold Spinner, Hans Gál, Joachim Stutschewsky, Hans Winterberg and many others. And contemporary music is also close to TRIS’ heart, the reference to the present always a central aspect. Renowned Austrian composers such as Wolfram Wagner and Alexander Wagendristel have dedicated compositions to TRIS, which are prominently represented in the concert programmes.

We love to share our pleasure in music with our audience: so far TRIS performed successfully in Europe, Turkey, Iran and Jordan.

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Famous works and rarities, discoveries from the classical period to contemporary music and even more you can have with TRIS. Curious? Here you find our complete Repertoire !

It’s not our intention to bother you with cookie-cutter programs. No chance for indifference! TRIS offers you exciting concerts with thematic context and new perspective. In short: good music and entertainment on a high level. Let us surprise you, let us allure you!

Suggestions for programs for various occasions and topics you will find on our Programlist !

Our new CD with previously unreleased chamber music by Josef Labor has been released by Capriccio under catalogue number C5446.

“This welcome recording conveys […] the warm and friendly atmosphere of a salon concert at the Wittgensteins’.” – ORF/Austrian Broadcasting Corporation

“The three gentlemen play that it is a joy – exquisite in sound, finely nuanced and perfectly attuned to each other.” – Falter/Vienna

“…again the result inspires all along the line…. The three Austrian musicians present the works of their compatriot as what they are: Masterpieces by the grace of God.” – Fonoforum 07/2022



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