Dante Summer Festival: Cornwall

‘Bach & Sons’
Krysia Osostowicz, Jenna Sherry (violins); Linos Piano Trio

Johann Sebastian Bach can be considered the father of Western classical music; he also fathered 20 children, several of whom became composers. Alongside Bach Senior, we will enjoy the music of three of his sons including Carl Phillip Emanuel, whose amazingly inventive piano trios have just been recorded for the first time by the Linos Piano Trio. The trio’s pianist, Prach Boondiskulchok, contributes to the fun with his own set of “Inventions” inspired by JS Bach and composed during Lockdown.

JS Bach – Partita in E for solo violin
JC Bach – 3 violin duets
WF Bach – Fantasie for piano solo
P Boondiskulchok – 3 Inventions
CPE Bach – Piano trio in E minor

Dante Summer Festival: Cornwall

‘The Archduke’
Linos Piano Trio, Alinka Rowe (viola), Eliza Millet (cello)

First we hear a contemporary and highly approachable duet composed by virtuoso violist Garth Knox, full of folk rhythms and quirky harmonies. Then another of Beethoven’s most celebrated works, dedicated to his great friend and patron Archduke Rudolph of Austria. Although Beethoven gave the first performance of the trio, his encroaching deafness prevented him from ever playing the piano in public again. The music, sunny and majestic in tone, betrays nothing of his struggle with this devastating illness.

Garth Knox – Pocket Concerto for viola and cello
Beethoven – Piano Trio in E Flat, op 97 “The Archduke”

Dante Summer Festival: Cornwall

‘The Trout’
Linos Piano Trio with Krysia Osostowicz (viola); Jenna Sherry (violin), Alinka Rowe (viola), Eliza Millet (cello)

Schubert’s glorious quintet, maybe one of the most best-loved classics of all time, needs no introduction. But first, a little-known work by Mahler, his only piece of chamber music: intense and brooding in tone, acting as a sombre prelude to one of Schubert’s most joyful creations.

Mahler – Piano Quartet movement in A minor
Schubert – Quintet in A Major, “The Trout”

Dante Summer Festival: Cornwall

‘Beethoven’s Ghost’
Krysia Osostowicz (violin), Linos Piano Trio: Prach Boondiskulchok (piano), Konrad Elias-Trostmann (violin), Vladimir Waltham (cello)

Beethoven’s little-known violin sonata in A, showing him at his most playful and subversive, precedes the famous “Ghost” piano trio whose eerie-sounding slow movement was reputedly inspired by a scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This is revolutionary music, full of dramatic extremes, deep darkness and radiant light.

Beethoven – Violin sonata in A, op 12 no 2
Beethoven – Piano Trio in D, op 70 “The Ghost”