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.
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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!
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…
On Thursday 1 March the NLCE will be performing at the wonderful Lakeside Arts in Nottingham. Robert, Melanie, Neyire, Stephen and Adam are teaming up with the Dante String Quartet to perform Beethoven’s magnificent Septet in E flat, Spohr’s Nonet and a contemporary work by Martin Butler – his Nonet: Rondes d’Automne.
The NLCE performed with the Dante Quartet at last summer’s Cheltenham Festival and are delighted to be together again performing this exciting programme – especially Martin Butler’s work, which is an NLCE commission.
You can book tickets to the concert here.
The Phoenix Piano Trio’s exciting 2012 continues with a debut performance at Wigmore Hall this May. We are delighted to announce that tickets go on sale today, and are available on Wigmore Hall‘s website.
The programme is a masterful blend of known and unknown works; of established and growing reputations. Beethoven’s magisterial E flat Trio, felt by many to be his finest work in the genre, is the cornerstone of the programme, following up two rare English gems – trios by John Ireland and Thomas Dunhill. We’re extremely excited to hear Dunhill’s so rarely performed work, a passionate yet pastoral treat, and it gives us all a chance to properly mark the 50th anniversary of John Ireland’s death.
Bring some spring optimism to your February by getting tickets now!
This week Endymion will be travelling to the musical extremes of Eastern and Western Europe with their GOODBYE STALIN! concert in Leeds on Friday 4 November, and a programme of French and German music next Tuesday 8 November in London.
Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, we’re celebrating with a programme of Russian and Estonian music in the fantastic Howard Assembly Room in Leeds. Inspired by Opera North’s production of Tchaikovsky’s dark tragedy The Queen of Spades, the programme at the HAR this Autumn aims to “shed some light on the endlessly fascinating Russian imagination” – and Endymion are delighted to have been invited to reprise some of the material from their concert in May.
This is not just music for music’s sake – although the two piano quintets by Schnittke and Shostakovich really are some of the finest chamber works of the twentieth century. This is also music with a history. In rehearsals they’ve been exploring both the light and the dark sides of the quintet that won Shostakovich the prestigious Stalin prize in 1941 and Schnittke’s memoriam of the older composer, his Duo. Alongside these Russian works they’ll be performing Summa – a string quartet by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, who fled to Vienna in 1980 after a prolonged struggle against Soviet officialdom.
Next week, Endymion treat us to some of their favourite works from the other side of the Iron Curtain in the Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyn’s School in London. Side by side are two quintets for piano and wind, both in E flat major – the first, Mozart claimed, was “the finest work I have ever composed”, and the second is a homage to his master from the 26-year-old Beethoven. They’ve paired these Teutonic classics with some French fancy: Poulenc’s Sextet for piano and winds (an Endymion favourite!) and the fantastic Nissen arrangement of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. The players are also looking forward to working with pupils from the school in a coaching workshop in the afternoon.
There are still a few tickets left for both concerts – you can book tickets for the Howard Assembly Room here and for Alleyn’s School here.
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