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.