Anne-Sophie Mutter © The Japan Art Association The Sankei Shimbun
Mutter / Hornung / Orkis
It owes its nickname »Ghost Trio« to its second movement, which Beethoven's pupil Carl Czerny characterized as »ghostly eerie, like an apparition from the underworld«. At the same time, the composition begins almost unusually cheerfully for Beethoven and, according to E. T. A. Hoffmann, expresses »a joyful, proud consciousness of one's own strength and fullness«. Anne-Sophie Mutter combines it with the »Ghost Trio« written for her by the distinguished American composer Sebastian Currier. She approaches the impenetrable relationship between Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms in the second half of the concert. Together with her longtime partner on the piano, Lambert Orkis, she interprets works by these two composer:s, each of which they created for musician friends: Joseph Joachim and Hans von Bülow.