Suggested programmes for 2019 onwards

Music from the Near East  
(90 min recital)

A programme exploring the exoticism of music from Russia, Bohemia and Poland. Dvorak's famous trio of 6 short movements, each in the pastoral Slavic form of a 'dumka' is complemented by shorter colourful, early works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, and Panufnik. Of special note is the music of little known Russian/Swiss composer Paul Juon - an eloquent musical voice born of both Russian and Central European influences.

Sergei Rachmaninov  Trio Élégiaque no. 1 in G minor (1892)
Paul Juon Suite for Piano Trio in C major, Op. 89 (1932)
Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 1 in C minor, Op. 8 (1923)
Andrzej Panufnik Trio Op. 1 (1934 /45 /85)
Antonin Dvorak Piano Trio no. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 ‘Dumky’ (1891)

Music by Women Composers
(90 min recital)

Clara Schumann, a harsh self-critic, once wrote dismissively of her composition work calling it, “woman’s work, which always lacks force and occasionally invention”. This programme defies Clara’s accusation however, presenting a very varied programme of music, illustrating diverse musical styles and composers taking their inspiration from an imaginative range of sources, from Zen Buddhist stories, to the prose of Sylvia Plath. Although this is a programme of less familiar music, these works all have a remarkable directness and immediacy for the listener. 

Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 (1846)
Judith Weir Piano Trio Two (2004)
Lili Boulanger ‘D’un matin de printemps’ (1917-18)
Cheryl Frances-Hoad ‘My Fleeting Angel’ (2006)
Rebecca Clarke Piano Trio (1921)

Lecture Recital Programmes

Basque fireworks and other pyrotechnics...! - an exploration of Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor
(60 min Lecture Recital)

Ravel’s masterpiece of the trio genre was written in the summer of 1914 and forged out of a heady mix of immersion in his native Basque culture and adrenaline. The composer, with his heart set on serving his country as an aviator, was desperate to finish this work before enlisting. With reference to Ra vel’s own correspondence and other works, the Lawson Trio trace the ideas and structures behind this inspired music. 

This concert may be performed as a 60-minute lecture recital including a performance of the trio, or alternatively, as a musically illustrated pre-concert talk followed by a full recital programme. 

The Musical Legacy of Lili & Nadia Boulanger
(90 min Lecture Recital)

A composer with a strikingly original musical voice, Lili Boulanger was the first woman to win France’s prestigious ‘Prix de Rome’ competition. After her tragically early death in 1918 at the age of 24, her sister Nadia, dedicated her life to promoting Lili’s work and to a teaching/conducting career that inspired a generation of twentieth century composers and musical thinkers. Looking toward this poignant centenary, we explore the Boulangers’ music, alongside the composers who inspired them, and those who were enriched by Nadia’s remarkable teaching career.

Programme to include:

Lili Boulanger ‘D’un soir triste’ & ‘D’un matin de printemps’ (1917/18)
Nadia Boulanger ‘Trois pièces pour violoncelle et piano’ (1914)
Gabriel Faure Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120 (1923)

And works by composers including:
Aaron Copland, Philip Glass & Astor Piazzolla

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