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Peter Cropper violin
Moray Welsh cello
Martin Roscoe piano
HAYDN Piano Trio in B flat No.20
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in C minor Op.1 No.3
SCHUBERT Notturno in E flat D.897
BRAHMS Piano Trio in C No.2 Op.87
Acclaimed by The Sunday Times for playing of “torrential passion”, the Trio comprises three of Britain’s finest chamber musicians.
The composers share an association with Vienna – arguably the cultural capital of nineteenth-century Europe. The programme spans that golden period, featuring highlights of the trio repertoire and narrating developments within it.
Haydn’s later trios are stylistically mature and among his more exploratory works. For innovation and impact, though, they must yield to Beethoven’s C minor trio. Haydn felt it too revolutionary for public consumption, urging Beethoven not to include it in his Opus 1; its harmonic, melodic, and structural tension was unprecedented. Even today it’s capable of shock, suspense, and surprise.
Written thirty years later, Schubert’s Notturno also unseats us with harmonic turbulence; the second movement contains one of his memorable long, aching melodies. Completing the set of Viennese voices is Brahms’ expansive trio of 1882, once gorgeously described as “an organic swoon”.
Pre-concert talk, 2.10pm
The trio explore the difference between works written by composers who are also themselves performers and those who are not.