Listening Notes

2016 LOFT SERIES 1: ZOOM

John Musto : Piano Trio

Pulse runs away beneath a calm surface, like duck feet under water.

 

Chris Watson : Schemata; three views of an imaginary object

Outbursts, exclamations, conversations, reflections…all fun and games.

 

Elliott Carter : Epigrams

Objects in the mirror are sharper than they appear…

 

Anton Zemlinsky : Piano Trio in d minor, Opus 3

Rose coloured glasses.

 

2015 LOFT SERIES 3: BLAST

Fauré: Piano Trio in d minor, Opus 120

Talking to oneself, but can’t get a word in.

 

Young: Piano Trio (new commission) 

Boisterous tumbling in thunderous storms, propelled beyond
into boundless calm.

 

Beethoven: Symphony No.2 (for piano trio), Opus 36

Complex simplicity.

 

2015 LOFT SERIES 2: SURGE

Chopin: Piano Trio in g minor, Opus 8

Liquid mercury in a delicate tea cup; heavy, silvery, fluid, elegantly resolved.  

 

David Hamilton: The Faraday Cage  

Glass toys in a dark room, revealed by stabbing shards of light.  

 

Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio No.2, Opus 92  

Dusky watercolours washed away by a cascade of bittersweet tears.  

 

2015 LOFT SERIES 1: FRAGMENT

Chausson: Piano Trio in g minor, Opus 3

Hillsides of sunflowers, a heady mix of coffee, cigarettes and perfume.  

 

Cree Brown: Gallipoli Fragments for Piano Trio

Choking dust and stench of bloody gore – the rawness of reality sucks the air from our very lungs. Bear witness!  

 

Rachmaninov: Trio Elegiaque No. 1 in g minor

Frightened heartbeats wrapped in warmth of the finest weave.     

 

2014 LOFT SERIES 1: SVELTO

Beethoven: Piano Trio Opus 1, No. 3 in c minor

Mysterious and pleading with moments of gentle optimistic tenderness, performed with animated gesture like the tragic life story of a soundless mime.  

 

Matthius Pintscher: Svelto

The air is heavy and still. Dim hues trick the eye. Way up above, a furious, fickle wind catches only the highest leaves. The flutter, almost inaudible.  

 

Stephen Matthews: Dance of the Fallen

A frenzied swarm of starlings stretching and dropping over an undecided sea.  

 

Antonin Dvorak: Piano trio in f minor, Opus 65

Emotional turmoil – from the most hushed and transparent to explosions of passion and exuberant energy, like blood in the muscles of a graceful dancer.    

 

2014 LOFT SERIES 2: RITUAL TRIPTYCH

Beethoven: Piano Trio Opus 1, No.2 in G Major

Still ponds and waterfalls, puddles and oceans, in cups and in fountains.  

 

John Elmsly: Ritual Triptych

Shocking iridescence and shimmering brilliance – cool suspended simplicity. A thrillingly unstable game. 

 

Salvatore Sciarrino: Piano trio No. 2

Ancient whale song narrates a dazzling dance of cascading crystal meteors.

 

Mendelssohn: Piano trio in c minor, Opus 66

Winter draws to a close, the air heavy and grey.  Fires flicker, frozen waters finally burst free as the sun reigns over all.  

 

2014 LOFT SERIES 3: TRANSFIGURED NIGHT

Beethoven: Piano trio in E flat Major, Opus 1

Filigree lace spins and floats on polished marble, covert smiles shared in secret knowledge.  

 

John Zorn: Amour Fou

Quickening heart beats, lost breath, off-kilter axis as the world tilts. . .   

 

Leonie Holmes: . . .when expectation ends

The warming of cool memories, moments overtaken by scampering unstable visions. Restless excitement explodes . . . thoughtfulness remains.  

 

Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

Raw confessions, quivering heart soothed with tears, dawn’s light is a feathered balm.

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