31 July | 18:00 | £18 / £15 (under 16)
Sophie Rosa, violin | Jonathan Aasgaard, cello | Kate Romano, clarinet | Ian Buckle, piano
Hélène de Montgeroult (1764 - 1836) Études for piano, selection
Lera Auerbach (b. 1973) Trio no 1, for violin, cello and piano
Galina Ustvolskaya (1919 - 2006) Trio, for clarinet, violin and piano
Louise Farrenc (1804 – 1875) Trio in E flat, op 44 for clarinet, cello and piano
The acclaimed Pixels Ensemble bring an enticing programme of chamber music from 18th century France to 20th century Russia to Stapleford Granary. Described as 'musical explorers', Pixels Ensemble are an adventurous group of some of the UK's finest chamber musicians and soloists.
Two French composers bookend their programme. The concert begins in the aftermath of the French Revolution with a selection of Hélène de Montgeroult's études - miniature masterpieces for the piano which transport the listener into story-telling worlds. The final work is the much-loved Trio for clarinet, cello and piano by Louise Farrenc. Its a work that combines mid-19th century Romanticism with hints of Beethoven-type formality and the lovely melodic writing of Weber.
The two 20th century Russian works could not be more different to one another. Galina Ustvolskaya's trio of 1949 has hypnotic endless lines which give the uneasy impression of the music slowly turning itself inside out around the icy, beautiful heart of the central movement. Living composer Lera Auerbach is a multi-talented creative force (composer, pianist, visual artist). Her Trio no. 1 is a vivid, powerful work, evoking Bach and Shostakovich in the first movement and ending with a breathless, roller-coaster finale.
'...played with finely judged detail, expansiveness and lots of heart' (The Guardian)
This concert runs for approximately 60 minutes without an interval
In 2021, Pixels pianist and Artistic Director Ian Buckle visited the Granary to film some of the études by Hélène de Montgeroult which you can hear in this programme.
Here is étude number 26 in G major.