UPDATE – Rosamunde Piano Trio, 17th November 2018

With only two weeks to go before one of Maxability’s major events of 2018, there are still some places available for the final concert of this year, on Saturday 17th November at 7 pm.

Living on the spot, Anita and Emile don’t need to travel to hear great music – but they would go a long way to experience tonight’s two main works, performed by the widely renowned Rosamunde Piano Trio.

The first is one of Mendelssohn’s most romantic and melody-filled chamber compositions, the deeply-moving Piano Trio No.2 in C minor, Op.66.

The second is one of Shostakovich’s most profound works – Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op.67. Its opening theme is breathtakingly etched on the upper harmonics of the Cello strings with no vibrato – a challenge to every cellist who has ever been brave enough to embrace this staggering work.

As with so many of our performances, ‘once heard, never forgotten!’

Star players occasionally perform at Greenacre as a sort of ‘run-through’ for a South Bank, Wigmore or King’s Place booking, but this time it’s the other way around – when you hear them on 17th they will already have performed the identical programme at King’s Place! So they will be well-rehearsed, relaxed and eager to give their best in this strikingly original programme.

For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page.

Rosamunde Piano Trio – 17th November 2018

The final concert of 2018 will be held on Saturday evening, November 17th, at the usual time of 7pm.

It will be performed by one of our very favourite ensembles, the Rosamunde Piano Trio – Martino Tirimo (piano), Ben Sayevich (violin) and Daniel Veis (Cello).

The programme they have chosen is exceptional, and I’m sure you will make very effort to be there.

They will perform this special programme at King’s Place on 11th November, marking the exact 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The programme reflects that unique purpose and quality: two of the works are truly ‘war’ pieces, both written at the time of the First World War.

This is the programme:

  • Lili Boulanger – D’un soir triste (1918)
  • Shostakovich – Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67


  • Casella – Pagine di Guerra Op.25 (1916)
  • Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No.2 in C minor Op.66

The Casella ‘Pages of War’ is for piano duet, which Martino will play with Atsuko Kawakami.
Lili Boulanger’s work was written at the age of 24 in 1918, shortly before her death.

Some brief notes on the major works:

  1. Those who have heard Shostakovich’s E Minor Piano Trio (composed in the last year of the second World War) will never forget that stark opening theme played entirely on the harmonics of the Cello strings, without a trace of vibrato, followed by the Violin, and then repeated “marcato” on the Piano. The second movement is a restless, frenzied dance, followed by the slow movement consisting of sombre melodic lines from all three instruments, fading into the “Dance of Death” finale that includes a Jewish melody quoted in Shostakovich’s famous String Quartet No. 8.
  2. The first three movements of Mendelssohn’s monumental Piano Trio No 2 in C Minor (composed exactly 100 years before the Shostakovich) are in the classical style of Allegro, Andante and Scherzo. The Finale is labeled “Allegro appassionato” and it includes a chorale melody associated the English tune “Old Hundredth” and Psalm 100 – sung to the lyrics “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” Bach used it extensively in his own Chorale Cantata BWV 130.

You will all agree that this promises to be one of Maxability’s most memorable evenings of 2018, and I recommend that you reserve your places as soon as you have checked your diaries. As usual, the concert will begin at 7pm, but you are free to arrive from 6.30 to reserve your place(s) and enjoy a pre-concert glass of wine or juice. The concert will finish before between 8.45 and 9.00, followed as usual by supper, with wine.

For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page.