The Roskell Piano Trio (Penelope Roskell, Ruth Schulten and Heather Tuach) grew out of Penelope Roskell’s long-standing collaboration with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, with whom she has performed much of the Piano Quintet repertoire. The Trio is in residence at London’s Sutton House, where it gave its first sell-out performance in 2011.
We are now delighted to offer Maxability’s supporters an opportunity to hear the Roskell Piano Trio perform three of the most wonderful works in the genre:
- Mozart – Piano Trio in B Flat, K.502
- Mendelssohn – Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49
- Beethoven – Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 (“Ghost”)
In this Trio the ensemble’s most prominent role is occupied by the piano – which is hardly surprising when we remember that the extraordinary spirit Mozart breathed into his keyboard trios corresponded with the very time that the harpsichord was being replaced by the pianoforte. Mozart’s great and enduring contribution to the Piano Trio medium began in 1786 with the brilliant work we shall hear tonight, composed immediately after Marriage of Figaro, and just before his Prague Symphony.
More than fifty years later Mendelssohn completed his 4-movement D Minor Piano Trio, one of the most popular works in the repertoire. Together with his Op.20 Octet, this Trio is recognised as one of Mendelssohn’s finest chamber compositions. When Robert Schumann heard it he declared Mendelssohn to be “the Mozart of the nineteenth century, the brightest musician, who most clearly understands the contradictions of the age and is the first to reconcile them.”
The D Major Piano Trio, the first of Beethoven’s two Opus 70 trios, is known as the Ghost, and is one of his best-known works in the chamber music genre, rivalled only by the “Archduke” (which we shall be hearing later this year). The Opus 70 Trio gained its “Ghost” subtitle when Beethoven’s pupil, Czerny, wrote in 1842 that the slow movement brought to his mind the ghost scene at the opening of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and this apt epithet has stuck with the work ever since.
We are clearly in for another wonderful evening – please book early to avoid a waiting list.
For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page. We look forward to welcoming you on 25th May and thank you, as ever, for your kind support.