The excellent Leonore Piano Trio presents a weekend of music by Haydn, Brahms and Dvořák; charting the evolution of the piano trio through three composers, from its Classical quasi-sonata form to the rhapsodic, folk-like nature it assumed under the Czech’s pen.
The Leonore Piano Trio brings together three internationally acclaimed artists who joined in 2012 after having performed together within the larger Ensemble 360. Their recording for Hyperion of Anton Arensky’s piano trios in 2014 garnered widespread international praise. Several years and discs later, they perform at some of the world’s great venues, including Wigmore Hall, the Bath Mozartfest and Istanbul’s Süreyya Opera House; and mentor a next generation of musicians as part of the Sistema Aotearoa programme.
Pre-concert talks are given by Stephen Johnson.
Friday 24 April, 5.30pm
Talk at 5.00pm
Haydn, Piano Trio in E flat, Hob XV:29
Brahms, Piano Trio in C, Op.87
Dvořák, Piano Trio No.3 in F minor, Op.65
Saturday 25 April, 11.00am
Talk at 10.30am
Brahms, Piano Trio No.3 in C minor, Op.101
Dvořák, Piano Trio in B flat, Op.21
Saturday 25 April, 5.30pm
Talk at 5.00pm
Brahms, Piano Trio No.1 in B, Op.8
Dvořák, Piano Quartet No.2 in Eb, B.162, Op.87
Sunday 26 April, 11.00am
Talk at 10.30am
Dvořák, Piano Trio in E minor, Op.90 ‘Dumky’
Brahms, Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op.25
Writer, broadcaster and composer Stephen Johnson is the author of books on Beethoven, Bruckner, Wagner and Mahler. For 14 years he presented BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music. His orchestral work Behemoth Dances was premiered in 2016 by the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and his Clarinet Quintet Angel's Arc had its first performance in January 2019 His book about music and mental health, How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, was published in May 2018. His book about Mahler's Eighth Symphony, Symphony of a Thousand, is due to be published in 2020. Twitter: @BehemothMusic | Website: www.stephen-johnson.co.uk
Prices – per person
Two sharing: standard double or twin £830; Garden Room £1,020. Single occupancy: single bedded room £830 (doubles for sole use may be available at a later stage for a higher price).
All concerts and pre-concert talks, accommodation for two nights at The Castle Hotel, breakfasts, two afternoon teas, two dinners, interval drinks, programme, tips for hotel staff.
The Castle Hotel, Taunton: renowned for its excellent service, for comforts traditional and modern and for its superb catering. It has been owned and run by the Chapman family for over 60 years. There is a lift to all floors but please let us know if you require a bedroom without step access, or if you use a wheelchair.
These weekends are very leisurely affairs – everything takes place within the confines of the hotel. However please read the paragraph above if you use a wheelchair or have difficulties with negotiating stairs.
Maximum 76 resident participants.
Individual concert tickets
Available to people living within 30 miles of Taunton. £20 mornings, £25 evenings. Interval drinks and a programme are also included.
Individual concert tickets are handled by the hotel. Please call 01823 272 671 or visit www.the-castle-hotel.com