History of the Piano Trio
Thank you for your company on our Schubert journey this year, which took us from Adelaide, to Armidale, Ballarat, Brunswick, Coffs Harbour, Macedon, Melbourne, Mildura, Pontville, Port Lincoln, Sydney, and Tamworth. Musically, we mapped a different trajectory, from the conviviality of the Trout Quintet to the devastating inner explorations of the late piano trios. Whether we were playing in a Georgian mansion or a railway station, it was a project that was about the musical moment, and the pleasure principle that lies at the heart of Schubert’s lyrical gift.
Here’s a brief souvenir:
In 2017, we begin our most ambitious project yet, in a survey of the greatest piano trios of all time. We offer you the piano trio as time machine: a small but robust vehicle conveying us through musical worlds, from early Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. through the greatest hits of the Romantic era – Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Dvorak – to those crowning achievements of twentieth-century chamber music, the piano trios of Ravel and Shostakovich. Despite such changing landscapes, the guiding principles of the piano trio remain remarkably consistent: co-operation, conversation, balance, friendship.
Our journey starts in just over a month, when we meet in Germany for a musical boot camp with our mentor Hatto Beyerle, and give a concert for the Tait Memorial Trust at St Gabriel's Church Pimlico in London.
We kick off the year in Australia with a repeat engagement at the Brunswick Beethoven Festival, before our first weekend feast at the gorgeous Epsom House. Over the course of the year, we will bring these programs to the Melbourne Recital Centre, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Independent Theatre in Sydney, and Mortlock Library at the State Library of South Australia.
In the meantime, we wish you a wonderful festive season, and humbly recommend a certain Beethoven CD as a last-minute Christmas gift:
Happy 2017, and we look forward to your company for some time travelling!
Helen, Anna and Tim