Was it Midori (or the other one) who just played in DC and leavened her Beethoven program with Crumb(!) and Webern? My curiosity was piqued, and I pulled out the 'Kremerata Musica' cd of works by the Big 3.
All of Webern's music for violin/piano and cello/piano seem to last less than 10mins., but my!, what compactness. The 2 Pieces (1899) for cello/piano still have a Brahmsian autumnal quality, but the 4 Pieces (1910) for violin.piano are a real find. These are dark and enigmatic pieces pulled from the unconscious. There is one section of a strangely rocking minor third repeated almost in minimalist fashion. I could barely hear the inward Langsam.
Frankly, the 3 Small Pieces (1914) for cello/piano, and the Cello Sonata (1914; 1:45) both go by so quickly that I can barely remember what just happened. The Cello Sonata is one arch, very dark.
I do believe this represents Webern's music for 'Piano Trio', and, I don't recall him writing anything else like this. The sax Concerto is the next step up, no? (of course, not considering his other 'string' music)
I would have liked to hear Midori (or the other lady) play these epigrams. The review was much more favorable to her Webern than her LvB (played 'too easy' or something).
Does anyone have a better grasp on these pieces who would like to comment?