- Happy Days for Phoenix in Ireland (0) July 17, 2014
The Phoenix Piano Trio is thrilled to be making their first trip to Ireland in August. They’re off to the beautiful town of Enniskillen in the Fermanagh Lakelands of Northern Ireland for the the third annual Happy Days Samuel Beckett Festival. The festival has three concert series, showcasing tape music in “Good Heavens Electronica” and free afternoon recitals in “Precious Little Concerts.” Phoenix will be in residence as part of the “Classical Beckett” series, playing three exciting concerts over two days.
Starting off the morning on August 8th, Phoenix will play the Trio in E flat by Beckett’s favourite composer, Schubert, in Enniskillen’s Methodist Church. That evening at 8pm, they’ll move to St. Macartin’s Cathedral for a programme of Shostakovich, performing the composer’s Piano Trio No. 2, written when Beckett was part of the French Resistance in WWII. The concert will end with the Meccorre Quartet playing the String Quartet No. 8.
The following morning, the trio returns to the music of Schubert and plays the popular Trout Quintet, based on the composer’s Lied “die Forelle” (the trout). For this piece, they will be joined on stage by violist Simon Aspell of the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and double bassist Malachy Robinson.
You can book tickets for these concerts on the “Classical Beckett” page.
In addition to the musical side of things, the Happy Days festival brings together an eclectic mix of art forms that reflect Beckett’s own breadth, including multiple performances of Beckett’s famous “Waiting for Godot” and a series of visual art responses to it, as well as other works of theatre both from Beckett and others. There will also be a number of talks focusing on the works presented at the festival. Finally, there’s a unique event that celebrates this year’s artwork of influence on Samuel Becket: there will be a live reading of James Joyce’s masterwork “Finnegan’s Wake” throughout the festival — although it is to be read only by people named Finnegan!
- CPG success for Endymion and Phoenix (0) May 2, 2014
The Selected Artists brochure, containing information on soloists and groups specially chosen by the Group, will be sent out in May across the country to promoters and music clubs who are members of Making Music.
Both Endymion and Phoenix are looking forward to playing for the many Making Music members up and down the country in the 2015-2016 season.
- 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
The 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
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
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.
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