St Christopher

Leonore Trio
Event 7
Tuesday October 15th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Outstanding piano trios
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Trio no 5, op70 no 1, 'Ghost’
Franz Schubert
Piano Trio in B flat, op99, D898
David Matthews
Piano Trio no 3, op97

This is an archived event from the 2013 Programme.

LEONORE TRIO:  Benjamin Nabarro violin  Gemma Rosefield cello   Tim Horton piano

This recital features two of the great peaks of the piano trio repertoire – Beethoven’s Ghost and Schubert’s B flat – alongside the latest Trio from David Matthews. 

Beethoven’s Ghost trio rivals the mighty Archduke in esteem. The lengthy (and very slow) slow movement (Largo assai ed espressivo) is one of Beethoven’s finest inventions – a rich and beautiful theme, dramatically presented.

Schubert’s B flat Trio is a lyrical jewel, and one of his greatest masterpieces.  It’s genial and optimistic in tone, although written in the year of his tragically early death.  Like the Ghost it has a breath-taking slow movement – even Schubert never wrote a lovelier melody.

David Matthews is one of Britain’s most distinguished composers, whose work the Festival has often featured.  This is his 70th birthday year, and more of his music is in Event 6 and Event 12.  The first movement of his 3rd Trio (2005) is built out of a single melodic line, passed between the instruments. The composer has asked the Leonore to record all three of his Trios.

Until recently these three internationally-acclaimed artists were giving piano trio performances under the Ensemble 360 umbrella, but these went down so well that they decided to form their own Trio.  They’ve already made successful tours in Italy and New Zealand.  Their debut Hyperion recording of the Arensky Piano Trios is in the pipeline.

Many will remember the previous visits cellist Gemma made to Little Missenden.

For more information on the Leonore Trio, their website can be found here. Benjamin Nabarro's website can be accessed here. Gemma Rosefield's website is here.