Sat 23 Nov 2019
1:10pm | €13/11
Sat 23 Nov 2019
1:10pm | €13/11

The penultimate concert in the series will present two staples of the piano trio repertoire – Haydn’s so-called “Gypsy” trio and Brahms’ first piano trio – alongside a contemporary work, Saul and the Witch, by the featured composer of this year’s Spotlight Series, Solfa Carlile. This piece draws its inspiration from the painting Saul and the Witch of Endor by Benjamin West (1777). The painting depicts a story from The Book of Samuel, in which, against the will of God, King Saul employs a witch to conjure up the spirit of the prophet Samuel. The witch instead summons a demon who impersonates the prophet and tricks Saul. Musically, elements of serial technique are used in a modal context. A series of gestural fragments accumulate, occasionally punctuated by four commanding, accented chords in the piano. These chords recur in various transpositions throughout. The harmony is also reflected in flourishes in the musical texture, which builds to a frenzied, sinister climactic point.

Haydn’s “Gypsy” trio, written near the end of the composer’s second trip to London in 1795, is so-called because of its Rondo finale in Hungarian style. Brahms’ trio, written in 1853 when he was just twenty years old, is the first of four and is in many respects a paradoxical work. Progressing from a radiant B major to a tragic B minor, the piece juxtaposes passages of luxurious warmth and optimism with music of turbulence and despair.

Chiara Opalio (Piano)
Eoin Ducrot (Violin)
Aoife Burke (Cello)

Haydn – Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major, “Gypsy”, Hob. XV/25
Solfa Carlile – Saul and the Witch for Piano Trio
Brahms – Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

Spotlight Chamber Music Series 2019

The Spotlight Chamber Music Series returns to Triskel Arts Centre this Autumn for its third consecutive season. Comprising four Saturday lunchtime concerts from September–December, the series is based on the principle of bringing together some of Ireland’s most dynamic and distinguished musicians to play with one another in small ensembles. Funded by the Arts Council and supported by Triskel, these concerts showcase an eclectic range of repertoire and a wide variety of instrumental formations. The featured composer of the Spotlight Chamber Music Series 2019 is Cork’s native Solfa Carlile, whose works will be performed in all four concerts, the last of which will see the world première of her new work for solo cello, commissioned by the Series.

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