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Britten-Pears Young Artists I

Saturday 20 Oct 2018 2:30pm

Part of Britten Weekend: The String Quartets

Youthful works by Britten and Korngold

Merz Trio
Trio Isimsiz
Thalea Quartet, Isabel Charisius viola

Mozart Piano Trio in B-flat major K 502 24′
Britten Phantasy in F minor 16’
Korngold Piano Trio 30’

Two contrasting piano trios frame a fascinating Britten rarity. The teenage Britten’s richly-hued melodious fantasy provides tantalising glimpses of both his formative influences at the Royal College of Music and the music yet to come. Mozart’s sparkling piano trios are miracles of clarity and concision. Korngold, a prodigy hailed as ‘a new Mozart’ was to become the most celebrated Hollywood film composer of his day. The lavish piano trio – his opus 1 – has an appropriately cinematic sweep and quicksilver charm.