Petworth Festival: Trio Balthasar

Michael Foyle – violin

Tim Hugh – cello

Iain Burnside – piano

We welcome Iain Burnside once again (see 19 July) in the second of two very special chamber concerts. Recently formed by violinist Michael Foyle, cellist Timothy Hugh and Iain Burnside, the new ensemble’s name was initially suggested by Burnside as a homage to the German baroque architect Balthasar Neumann. As he was on the point of rejecting it as too pretentious, his colleagues pointed out that Balthasar was also the name of one of the Wise Men in the Nativity story – from which there developed the idea of three men on a journey, bearing gifts. 

Whilst not strictly gold, frankincense and myrrh, the three works programmed include Beethoven’s Ghost trio, so-called on account of its almost eerie-sounding slow movement; the Mendelssohn piano trio that was said to have inspired Brahms; and Judith Weir’s first encounter with the piano trio form, the starting point being Schubert’s song Der Gondelfahrer – the Gondolier… 

Judith Weir – Piano Trio (1998) 

Ludwig van Beethoven – Trio in E flat, Op. 70/2

Felix Mendelssohn – Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 

Tickets: £32, £24, £14, £9 (18 and under £5, FREE in adult £9 seats). Visit the Petworth Festival website for further details

Photo: Trio Balthasar (credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

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