Piano Trio splendour, this programme offers a chance to hear one of the biggest names on the world stage, Viktoria Mullova, perform cornerstones of the repertoire. True music royalty, Mullova has appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, and is known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. She is joined by husband Matthew Barley and our own Stephen De Pledge in performing one of the greatest trios in the repertory, the masterpiece of Schubert’s Trio in E flat—“Heavenly lengths” as Schumann would later describe, a “Trio by Schubert passed across the musical world like some angry comet in the sky.”
The concert finishes with one of the greatest trios written in the 20th century, and here Ravel draws inspiration from outside the European tradition. Looking to Basque dances and Malaysian poetry, but forever the “musical watchmaker” he draws together these elements with a technical perfection which is both fascinating and heart-rending.