Trio in Bloom
Beethoven’s legacy looms large for composers when writing works in forms in which the composer made his most definitive musical statements, for example the symphony or the piano concerto. For Charlotte Bray, his Triple Concerto in C major was an important jumping-off point in the composition of Germinate for piano trio and orchestra, which will be premiered on 4 May at the Investec International Music Festival in Surrey, England.
Charlotte Bray took tiny kernels of Beethoven’s work as the inspiration for each movement of her piece. These fragments are transformed and extended so that they are given new life and character, embedded into the piece so that they become almost indiscernible. The work was written for the Sitkovetsky Trio, who will give the first performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra, led by Pierre-André Valade.
This major commission follows hot on the heels of her recent CD release, “Chamber and Solo Works”. The recording collects recent works including Zustände for piano quintet, recorded by the Mariani Piano Quintet, the viola sonata Invisible Cities performed by Barbara Buntrock and Huw Watkins, and The Sun was Chasing Venus for string quintet, featuring the Amarylis Quartet.
Effingham, St Teresa’s School