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AL­LOW Tree Con­certs’ se­ries con­tin­ues with the in­ter­na­tion­al­lyrenowned Fide­lio Trio, who will be mak­ing their first visit to Sale’s Water­side Arts Cen­tre to­mor­row, Fri­day.

The Lon­don-based pi­ano trio are very much in de­mand, and their busy sched­ule in­cludes regular ra­dio broad­casts and per­for­mances across the globe, in­clud­ing venues such as Wig­more Hall and the Royal Opera House.

I first came across the Fide­lio Trio as they recorded a disc for Manch­ester-based com­poser Kevin Malone.

As they pre­pared for a busy tour to the USA last au­tumn, I asked if they might one day visit Sale, and was de­lighted when they agreed, es­pe­cially as their pro­gramme in­cludes two of my favourite pi­ano trios.

Beethoven’s Pi­ano Trio in D Ma­jor, bet­ter known as The Ghost, is a won­der­ful work, so-called due to the stark and eerie sound of the slow move­ment. While writ­ing the trio, Beethoven was also sketch­ing mu­sic for Shake­speare’s Mac­beth, and it is said that this was the in­spi­ra­tion for the trio’s ghostly roots.

Ravel’s only pi­ano trio was com­posed in 1914, as the out­break of World War 1 swept across Europe, and, hav­ing planned to write the trio for six years, Ravel rushed to fin­ish the work so he could en­list in the army.

Just as French im­pres­sion­ist pain­ters found a new lan­guage in art, so its com­posers found new colours in mu­sic and the pi­ano trio is full of im­pres­sion­ist tex­tures and lan­guage from Span­ish folk mu­sic to ex­otic new sounds from the East.

From com­pletely dif­fer­ent sound-worlds th­ese two trios are each mas­ter­pieces in their own right, and demon­strate what a truly ver­sa­tile com­bi­na­tion a pi­ano trio can be.

The Fide­lio Trio per­form at 7.30pm. For de­tails and tick­ets please visit www.wa­ter­sidearts cen­tre.co.uk. Sal­low Tree Con­certs is grate­ful for the sup­port of Forsyths Mu­sic Shop. LIPREAD­ING classes are held at Manch­ester Cen­tre for Deaf Stud­ies, Mauldeth House, Mauldeth Road West, Chorl­ton-cum-Hardy, on Wed­nes­days, 1-3pm. Go to www.manch­ester deaf­s­tud­ies.org.

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