Grier Piano Trio – 7th July 2018

We are delighted to announce the final concert of the summer season, after which there will be a break until mid-September.

The Grier Family Trio – Francis (Piano), Savitri (Violin) and Indira (‘Cello) – will be performing for Maxability on Saturday 7th July at 7pm. Early booking is strongly recommended in view of their huge popularity, and the delightful programme they have selected, which is as follows:

  1. Beethoven: “Spring” Sonata in F, Op 24, for Violin and Piano
    (Although this popular sonata takes little more than 20 minutes to perform, its joyful mood and sparkling melodies justly earned it the epithet “Spring” after the composer’s death.)
  2. Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40
    (It was on his way to premiere his piano & cello sonata that Shostakovich read Stalin’s statement in Pravda attacking his music as “bourgeois”. This initiated a difficult period for the composer, including the emotional turmoil of a divorce instigated by a love affair – all of which is reflected in this breathtaking work’s relentlessly unremitting and deeply felt rhythms and harmonies. An unforgettable experience for the listener!)
  3. Beethoven: Piano Trio in E Flat, Op 1 No 1
    (The Opus 1 designation is misleading – Beethoven was already 25 years old when he composed the three Opus 1 Piano Trios. He gave them this classification because he considered them sufficiently substantial (and marketable!). Indeed, the sublime second subject of the opening movement reflects an emotional maturity that we might expect of much later works.)

As usual, the concert will begin at 7 pm, 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.