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Hay Music: The Fidelio Piano Trio
Sunday 9th September 2018, 3pm
Hay Music: The Fidelio Piano Trio
Join us for this wonderfully eclectic programme of virtuoso works for piano trio. If any of you are scared by the name ‘Schoenberg’, or by anything written after 1900, you will not fail to be reassured, entranced and drawn in by this programme of outstanding pieces played by an extraordinary ensemble.

Maurice Ravel Piano Trio in A minor (1914)
This trio is considered one of Ravel’s masterpieces, having immediate sensual appeal, blending with both a skilfully crafted structure and the indescribably fresh voice of Ravel and a new musical era. The trio includes many wonderful details of construction and expression including novelties both exotic and presciently neoclassical. Click here to listen to the trio perform this piece.

Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 (1899) (arr for Piano trio by Eduard Steurmenn)
Verklärte Nacht (‘Transfigured Night’), written early in his career, is probably Schoenberg’s most accessible and popular work. It is an emotionally charged interpretation of a poem by Richard Dehmel of the same name. It began life as a string sextet in one movement composed in just three weeks in 1899 and is considered his earliest important work. Schoenberg went on to write a version for String Orchestra but this virtuosic version for Piano Trio was arranged by Eduard Steuermann (a pupil of Shoenberg’s) in 1932. Click here to see and hear the string sextet version of Verklarte Nacht.

Donnacha Dennehy Bulb (written for the Fidelio Trio in 2006)
Donnacha Dennehy (b. 1970) is an Irish composer, a product of the hugely dynamic New Music scene in Dublin, more recently moving to join the music faculty at Princeton University. His music is exhilarating and yet evocative, described by the music critic Paul Griffiths as ‘A wonder to hear’. Listen to a clip of the performance here.

The Fidelio Trio
The …virtuosic Fidelio Trio… (Sunday Times) were shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, and are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world; they are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and featured on Sky Arts documentaries; they have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading and newest composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings.

Since their debut at London’s Southbank Centre, they have appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, at festivals from Brighton and Cheltenham to St. Magnus, and from Gregynog to Huddersfield. They regularly perform across the Irish Sea at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Kilkenny Festival and Belfast Festival at Queens as well as overseas in Shanghai, Porto, Paris, Venice, Florence, Johannesburg, New York City, Princeton, San Francisco and Boston.

Their extensive discography includes Ravel and Saint-Saëns ; Philip Glass Head On; Korngold and Schoenberg (Verklärte Nacht arr. Steuermann) ; the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios; multiple releases on NMC, Delphian Records including portrait CDs for composers such as Luke Bedford and Michael Zev Gordon. Their recent release of French Piano Trio was a Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice.

You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch in the garden from 1.00pm.
Teas available in the gardens after the recital to support local charities.

Note: This event takes place at Dorstone House, HR3 6AW.
Tickets sold by Richard Booth's Bookshop on behalf of Hay Music.
Price: £14.00