Monday, 12 October 2015

Divertimento Romantic Music for Piano Trio Salcombe Parish Church Friday 23 October Dartington Space Saturday 24 October 2015


Divertimento Music presents
Romantic Music for Piano Trio

Holy Trinity Church Salcombe
Friday 23 October
(The Fourth Ken Reed Concert in aid of Friends of Holy Trinity Church)

Studio 3 Dartington Space
Saturday 24 October 7.30pm


Violin: Mary Eade
'Cello: Vicky Evans
Piano: Margaret Lynn

Jean Sibelius: Havträsk Piano Trio
Ethel Smyth: Piano Trio in D minor
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in C Opus 87

Tickets: £15 (U18 £5)

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This year we are celebrating the 150th birthday of Sibelius with his youthful Hafträsk Trio, the music has only recently been edited and Vicky managed to obtain a copy from the editor in Finland, so it’s very much fresh off the press! Come and see if you could hear shades of what Sibelius was to become in his later years.

We are very excited to be playing our latest piano trio discovery which happens to coincide with the much talked about release of the film Suffragette:

Ethel Smyth led a colourful and often controversial life: apart from being the first woman to achieve success as a composer in Britain, she was very active in the Suffragette movement and was put in prison for breaking a window in the Houses of Parliament of a politician who opposed votes for women. When her friend Thomas Beecham visited her at Holloway Prison, he found suffragettes marching in the quadrangle singing Smyth’s battle song “The March of the Women”, with Smyth leaning out of a window conducting with a toothbrush!

Ethel Smyth wrote operas, orchestral music, choral works, songs, solo piano, and chamber music, much of it lies unjustly neglected. Her Piano Trio was written when she was studying in Leipzig in 1880 when she came into contact with Brahms, Grieg and other illustrious composers of the time. It is a most appealing romantic work and certainly deserves to be better known.

Completing the programme is Brahms’s magnificent second Piano Trio in C major, written in 1882 at the age of 49. Brahms was notorious as an unrelenting self-critic but even he was quite satisfied with his efforts in what has become to be regarded as an unequivocal masterpiece in the piano trio repertory.

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