Tring Chamber Music - Midwinter recital in the Ballroom

Tring Chamber Music - Midwinter recital in the Ballroom

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 15:00

In the intimate ambience of the Mansion ballroom we celebrate the influence of the ‘Salon’ on central European traditions of fine music making. Musical soirées in stylish 'Salons' were meeting places for leading figures of the musical world. They were a space for virtuosi and composers alike to mix and marinate, share and inspire. Our concert opens in true grand Bohemian style with Smetana’s magnificent Piano Trio. If Smetana was the ‘Father of Czech Music’, then it was his successor, Dvorak who popularised his country’s rich heritage. Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances (inspired by the Hungarian Dances of Brahms) include some of his most touching moments. Fellow countryman Janacek is represented by Pohadka, or Fairy Tale for cello and piano, an evocative short work dating from 1910. Chopin too would frequent many a fashionable salon. We hear a memorable arrangement by Balakirev of the slow movement of his second Piano Concerto. It was common practice for the greatest virtuoso violinists, in this case Joachim and Kreisler, to arrange the dances of Dvorak and Brahms for their recitals, as colourful and popular today as they were in those nineteenth century 'Salons.'

Piano Trio in G minor
Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
2nd movement: Romanza from Concerto for piano and orchestra No 1 in E minor
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Hungarian Dance No 2 in D minor, from 21 Hungarian Dances, for piano 4 hands
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Slavonic Dance No 2 in E minor
Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
Pohádka (Fairy tale) for cello and piano
Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
Hejre Kati, for violin and piano
Jenö Hubay (1858-1937)
Elegie, for piano trio, in D flat major
Josef Suk (1874-1935)
Hungarian Dance No 5 from 21 Hungarian Dances, for piano 4 hands
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


The Mansion, Tring Park
High Street
Tring HP23 5LX
United Kingdom
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£17: to include afternoon tea/coffee and cakes (3pm performance) and wine/soft drink (7.30pm performance); under 18s: free Available from 01442 822732 09.00-22.00.
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