Trio Dramatis

Fraser Langton (clarinet)
Rosalind Ventris (viola)
James Willshire (piano)

Wednesday 14 March, 2018 at 01:10 pm

Jean Francaix Trio for clarinet, viola and piano
Mozart Keglestatt Trio
Rory Boyle Di tre re ed io

Trio Dramatis are an exciting and committed ensemble who have commissioned the Rory Boyle work we are to hear today.  It’s worth forming an ensemble just to be able to play Mozart’s wonderful ‘Kegelstatt’ trio, and composers such as Schumann and Bruch also wrote for the medium.  The repertoire has vastly expanded in the 20th century, and the Boyle piece (the title means ‘Three Ds and me’, which might give you a clue as to the theme!) is varied and exciting, with very rapid interactions between the instruments while remaining emotionally powerful and not difficult to follow.  The trio have recorded this piece on a Rory Boyle disc, and it’s definitely worth checking out.  Francaix provides his usual mix of lively French frivolity with mildly twisted harmonies to set the recital off to a fizzing start.

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