Presented as part of the Southbank Series 2018, Seraphim Trio will perform one of the most loved pieces of chamber music of all time, Schumann’s convivial masterpiece, the Quintet in E flat major. Also, on the program is Korngold’s rarely performed Suite for two violins, cello and piano.
Over the last two decades, Helen Ayres (violin), Anna Goldsworthy (piano) and Tim Nankervis (cello) have remained steadfastly committed to chamber music — from building the contemporary repertoire, to developing new audiences and teaching the next generation of performers.
At this performance, the Seraphim Trio will be joined by Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and violist Jacqueline Cronin. By pairing the keyboard as an equal partner with the established string quartet, Schumann invents an electrifying new genre capable of bringing chamber music out of the private salon and into the public concert call.
To be equally treasured in Korngold’s gorgeous Suite Op. 23 for two violins, cello and keyboard. The suite reveals Komgold’s Late Viennese heritage, combining a rich lyricism with modern rhythmic vitality.
“Commissioned for pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right hand in World War 1 – this quartet is composed for two violins, cello and piano left hand,” said pianist Anna Goldsworthy. “And even though the pianist only uses one hand, the demanding piano part is central to the entire suite.”
“It is a confident and eclectic suite, moving between moments of high drama, poignancy and charm, bound together by Korngold’s romantic and densely chromatic musical language.”
Seraphim Trio: Schumann Quintet
Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
Performance: Thursday 1 November 2018 – 6.30pm
Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Performance: Wednesday 31 October 2018 – 7.30pm
For more information, visit: www.seraphimtrio.com for details.
Image: Seraphim Trio (supplied)