Phoenix News

  • Phoenix Unwrapped (0)April 11, 2014

    Phoenix Piano Trio returns to Kings Place this month as part of the Top 50 Chamber Classics Unwrapped series – as voted for by readers of BBC Music Magazine. Phoenix has made their name as Beethoven chamber music specialists and is delighted to have been selected to play the famous “Archduke” Trio, Op. 97, voted as 15th best chamber work.

    All the online saver tickets have already been snapped up, but allocated seats are still available for £12.50, £19.50 and £24.50 from the Kings Place website.

  • Start the New Year with Phoenix at the Wigmore Hall (0)December 16, 2013

    Wigmore HallThe Phoenix Piano Trio return to Wigmore Hall on 2nd January 2014 for a sublime evening spanning three centuries worth of musical splendour – Haydn’s Piano Trio in Eb Major Hob XV/29, Brahms’ Trio no. 1 in B major, and Korngold’s Piano Trio no. 1 in D major. Tickets for this colourful winter offering can be bought via the Wigmore Hall website.

    At previous Wigmore visits, Phoenix have played trios by Beethoven to great acclaim, and on Tuesday 17th December the trio were at the National Portrait Gallery in London, to perform a lunchtime concert including Beethoven’s famous “Archduke” trio (Op.97), under Beethoven’s portrait, and on his 243rd birthday!

  • Phoenix in Sheffield (0)February 20, 2013
    Sheffield - Firth Hall

    Firth Hall at Sheffield University

    If you haven’t been able to make it down to London to hear the Phoenix Piano trio at Wigmore Hall, then you’ll be glad to know they’re heading up to Sheffield on Tuesday. The programme includes relatively unknown trios by the British composers John Ireland (No. 3) and Thomas Dunhill, his contemporary as well as a popular work by Beethoven. The Dunhill trio is a lighter counterpart to the Ireland, which was written in 1938, just as clouds were darkening over Europe.

    The second half of the programme pairs Beethoven’s “Ghost” trio – with it’s famously “spooky” sounding slow movement – and Philip Venables’ “Klaviertrio im Geiste“.

    The concert, at the university’s Firth Hall, is at 7.30pm on February 26th. You can book tickets using the link on the university’s concert website, where you can also find more information. The performance of the Ireland trio is generously supported by the John Ireland Trust.

  • Phoenix Piano Trio on In Tune (0)December 17, 2012
    Phoenix Piano Trio on In Tune, May 2012

    Phoenix Piano Trio on In Tune, May 2012

    Our favourite piano trio – Phoenix – will be appearing on BBC Radio 3′s “In Tune” tomorrow, Tuesday 18th Dec, at about 4.30pm. You can listen live from the BBC website, and we’ll put up a “Listen Again” link as soon as we have one.

    They’re being interviewed by Sean Rafferty ahead of their concert at Wigmore Hall this Saturday, 22nd, 7.30pm. Audience (and Trio) favourite, Beethoven’s “Archduke” Op.97 is paired with Schumann’s “Phantasiestücke” Op.88 and Haydn’s E-flat trio HXV:30. You can join the event on Facebook, and buy tickets from Wigmore’s website here.

  • Phoenix have a great time launching their new CD at Wigmore (0)May 24, 2012

    The Phoenix Piano Trio had a great time on Sunday 13th May making their debut at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall.  The trio performed music by Thomas Dunhill, John Ireland and Beethoven – cheered on by a very large and appreciative audience.   The concert marked several special occasions: John Ireland’s 50th anniversary since his death in 1952, and the launch of the Trio’s first CD on the Stone Records label, of Beethoven’s Archduke Trio and Op.70/2 Trio, the latter that they performed in the concert.  One punter commented afterwards: “I’m not a big Ludwig fan (I know, blasphemy!) but this just took my breath away!”.

    The disc, pictured above, has been selling really well, and can be ordered direct from Stone Records here.  We’re looking forward to performing the Ireland more through this year and 2013, and our next recording, and our next Wigmore concert.  Stay tuned!

  • Phoenix at Wigmore Hall, 13th May (0)April 20, 2012

    The Phoenix Piano Trio’s debut concert at Wigmore Hall is nearly upon us – a delightful blend of charm and cheer that will truly mark the beginning of spring.

    And it’s actually not just Phoenix’s debut at Wigmore Hall! Ireland’s last, most substantial trio, an impressive meeting of English pastoral tradition and impressionistic French colour, is being performed for the first time at this venue; as is Thomas Dunhill’s charming but relatively unknown offering for three players. These will be performed alongside Beethoven’s magisterial E flat trio – a real cornerstone of the repertoire, and also featured on Phoenix’s forthcoming CD.

    The concert is now only weeks away so don’t forget to book your tickets here. It seems like only yesterday that is was writing about the ticket launch back in February (!) – how time has flown…