Friday, 25 September 2020

Mithras Trio in Haydn, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky at Conway Hall, plus a pre-concert talk

The Mithras Trio
The Mithras Trio

The Mithras Trio will be performing Haydn's Trio in E Hob XV:28, Mendelssohn's Trio No.2 in C minor Op. 66 and Tchaikovsky's Trio in A minor Op. 50 for a concert streamed live from Conway Hall on Sunday 4 October 2020, and it will be prefixed by my pre-concert talk, Highways and Byways of the Piano Trio at 5.45pm. 

The Mithras Trio (Ionel Manciu, Leo Popplewell, Dominic Degavino) formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017, and since then have won the 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, and the 67th Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. Their programme takes us on a tour of the piano trio, from one of Haydn's works inspired by the virtuoso instrumentalists that he came across during his London visits, to the lesser known of Mendelssohn's two mature trios and finally Tchaikovsky's work in a form of which he said 'I simply cannot endure the combination of piano with violin or cello...it is torture for me to listen to a string trio or a sonata of any kind for piano and strings.'

My pre-concert talk will be given live at Conway Hall, alas without a live audience, and I will look at how the piano trio moved from genre for talented amateurs to something more complex, and remained surprisingly popular with 19th century composers from Fauré and César Franck, to Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, and Borodin.

Full details from the Conway Hall website, where you can also find a link to a PDF of images to go with my talk.

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