Tue 21 January 2020
The Venue, The Venue
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Leeds International Chamber Season 2019/20: From Dawn to Dusk
Radim Kresta - violin
Jan Páleníček - cello
Jitka Čechová - piano
Rachmaninov - Trio élégiaque No 1
Martinů - Trio No 2
Beethoven - Trio Op 70, No 1 (Ghost)
The Smetana Trio’s work came to international attention with its album of the complete Martinů trios on Supraphon, to unanimous praise from critics in Britain and elsewhere.
The programme opens with the elegant, pensive trio that Rachmaninov penned in homage to Tchaikovsky - or, as he unforgettably put it, ‘in the memory of a great artist’.
The sardonic nostalgia of the second piano trio by Bohuslav Martinů presents an amusing and yet sad contrast to Rachmaninov’s brooding, written as it was after the end of the Second World War when the composer was in exile from his beloved Czechoslovakia.
This reflective programme closes with Beethoven’s Op 70, No 1 trio in D minor, with an eerie second movement that gives the trio its name, said to have been originally sketched for incidental music to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Full Price: £22/£20
Over 60s: £20/£18
Under 18s/students/unwaged: £11/£10
U26 tickets in week before concert: £5 (subject to availability)
(prices include 6% booking fee)