THE LISNEY TRIO
Emma Lisney – violin
Joy Lisney – cello
James Lisney – piano
Michael Whight – clarinet
Beethoven – Trio in B flat, Op 97, ‘Archduke’
Messiaen – Quartet for the End of Time
9 March 2020 7.45pm, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Two chamber works, which carry a momentous emotional weight, composed almost 150 years apart comprise this programme performed by The Lisney Trio with clarinettist Michael Whight.
The premiere of Beethoven’s Trio in B flat, opus 97, ‘Archduke’, in 1814 was one of the composer’s final public performances as pianist. Completed in 1811 and dedicated to the Archduke Rudolph of Austria – a fine amateur pianist, patron, friend and composition student of Beethoven – this trio is one of fourteen of Beethoven’s works dedicated to the youngest son of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor. It is a fine example of Beethoven’s heroic style and its perfect combination of brilliance, grandeur and profundity have ensured its central place in the trio repertoire.
Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time premiered in January 1941 at Stalag VIIIA, a prisoner of war camp in Görlitz, Germany. The composer dedicated the work ‘in homage to the Angel of the Apocalypse, who raises his hand towards Heaven saying “There shall be no more time.”’ From an evocation of morning birdsong, through fiercely concentrated and rhythmically complex dance music, the music intensifies to depictions of the coming cataclysm. Two songs of praise (‘Louanges’) are offered up, oases of extraordinary calm marked ‘infinitely slow’ and ‘tender, ecstatic’.
The Lisney Trio, comprising the members of a family that sustain distinguished international careers as soloists, are joined by renowned clarinettist Michael Whight for this recital of two of the most significant chamber works of the past two centuries.
Monday 9 March 7.45pm, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre
James Lisney returns to the Purcell Room on 19 May for a concert as part of his international tour exploring the notion of ‘Late Style’ and creative maturity through the late masterworks of three composers who are particularly close to his heart – Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert – uplifting, communicative music of enduring appeal.
“a breathtaking interpretation of some of the last works of the great composers”
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