Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Bernard Greenhouse (1916-2011)
The cellist Bernard Greenhouse died this week at the age of 95. You know him from his years with the Beaux Arts Trio, perhaps. A direct link with the great Catalonian master Pablo Casals (he studied with Casals right after World War II), he was a founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, the group that showed how piano trios can be as interesting and profound as string quartets.
He was a player who believed intensely in the give-and-take of chamber music. Here's a video of the Beaux Arts playing the gorgeous slow movement from the Schubert B-flat trio. You'll hear what I mean.
Until a few weeks before his death, he practiced the cello every day. (An inspiration: can I practice the recorder; write a poem; walk a mile. . . every day?).