Indira and Francis Grier – 3 July 2021

As I write, at 4.45pm on 5th June 2021, our wobbly release from lockdown strictures, scheduled for 21 June, remains intact!
I am therefore delighted to invite you to the first full live-performance that we are staging for Maxability after an eighteen-month musical desert!

Beethoven – Sonata for ‘Cello & Piano, No 3 in A Major, Op 69
Brahms – Sonata for ‘Cello & Piano No 2 in F Major, Op 99 
Schumann – Adagio and Allegro for ‘Cello & Piano, Op 70
György Ligeti – Solo Sonata for ‘Cello

Musicians: Indira Grier (‘Cello) and Francis Grier (Piano)

The Music

The Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann works are firmly established in the supreme firmament of classical chamber music – they require only to be heard, and heard again! The Ligeti Sonata, by contrast, will be unknown to most of you but is in its own way no less special. György Ligeti (1923–2006) was a survivor of both Nazi and Soviet repression – he and his wife fled their native Hungary on foot following the brutal 1956 Russian suppression of nascent Hungarian liberties. Born into a Jewish family, he came to music relatively late, beginning piano lessons at the age of 14, his early influences being the nationalistic works of Bartok and Kodaly.

The Musicians

Francis Grier and his daughters Indira and Savitri will be known to most of our audience. They have performed at Maxability concerts in every year since their inception 13 years ago. However, now that Savitri lives in Berlin we see her less regularly – but this affords us a wonderful opportunity, like tonight, to get to know the extraordinarily rich world of ‘Cello/Piano compositions.

Make the evening a real treat – arrive at 6.30 to enjoy the beautiful garden with a pre-concert glass of wine. As usual, the concert will be followed by a light buffet. For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page.

Please note: I hope that this will not happen, but in the event that audience-size restrictions will be re-imposed, the first 35 applicants for places will have priority. My advice is therefore to submit your booking promptly.

Needless to say, it’s been a tough time for all of us, but survival instincts are bolstered by great music – and that’s why we are here. Love to you all.