DiamantEnsemblet and Trio con Brio

Haydn, Poulenc and Tjajkovskij

Tuesday 1 May 2018 at 20:00 Dronningesalen
Trio con Brio was founded in Vienna in 1999 and comprises three key figures in Danish musical life: the violinist Soo-Jin Hong, the pianist Jens Elvekjær and the cellist Soo-Kyung Hong.
Trio con Brio was founded in Vienna in 1999 and comprises three key figures in Danish musical life: the violinist Soo-Jin Hong, the pianist Jens Elvekjær and the cellist Soo-Kyung Hong.

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The Black Diamond’s house ensemble is visited by the internationally much sought-after piano trio, Trio con Brio

Joseph Haydn’s piano trio in E minor opens with a drama and vividness as if it was the start of a baroque opera, Haydn’s music is often characterised by clarity, strong form and a direct musical idiom, and his often brilliant touches quickly capture the listener. Just the trick of having the trio start with a dark E minor and then letting the two following movements be in E major – and also allowing the final movement to be quicker and livelier than the first one is a stroke of genius that makes the piece end in an overwhelmingly fiery finale.

Poulenc’s sextet from 1932-32 also contains lively material, and one can clearly hear influences from jazz and Offenbach’s operettas – at times the music seems to be deliberately comical.

There is, however, nothing comical or even Italian for that matter about Tchaikovsky’s ‘Souvenir de Florence’ from 1890. The piece was written during a stay in Italy, but Peter did not do any Italian shopping – it is the influence of his native land Russia that is strongest in the music, for which DiamantEnsemblet’s string-players combine with Trio con Brio.

Trio con Brio has had several successful visits to The Black Diamond, and a tuneful meeting between The Black Diamond’s house ensemble and the trio took place in 2007.

Trio con Brio was founded in Vienna in 1999 and comprises three key figures in Danish musical life: the pianist Jens Elvekjær is in great demand as a soloist, the violinist Soo-Jin Hong is leading violinist in The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and Soo-Kyung Hong is solo cellist in the same orchestra.

The high musical level that characterises Trio con Brio has resulted in important awards. One of the most illustrious was won in USA in 2005: The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award. This is only given every second year to a world-class piano trio. And Trio con Brio have further won the most prestigious European prize of its kind, ARD in Munich. The press has also become aware of the excellent qualities of the trio. Frankfurter Allgemeine, for example, has praised its unique sound and homogeneous interpretations. Here in Denmark, the trio was awarded the P2 Artists’ Prize in 2015.

Programme
Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio no. 25 in E minor, Hob. XV:12 (1788) for piano, violin and cello
Francis Poulenc: Sextet, FP100 (1931/32) for wind quintet and piano
Peter Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence (1890) string sextet for two violins, two violas and two cellos

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