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In Constable country

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 October 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio  •  Leave a comment

To East Bergholt in Suffolk for a concert with the Florestan Trio. The artist John Constable was born in East Bergholt, and used to walk through the fields to school in Dedham. He later said it was that landscape which inspired him to become a painter. Before the rehearsal, Bob and I walked along that […]

Schumann at Wigmore Hall

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 October 2010 under Concerts, Florestan Trio, Musings  •  Leave a comment

The first concert of the new season for the Florestan Trio is on Tuesday 5 October at 7.30pm at Wigmore Hall, part of the Schumann bicentenary celebrations. What is it about Schumann which makes him such a favourite of musicians? He isn’t always a favourite at the box office; in fact promoters sometimes sigh with disappointment […]

The Florestan Festival at Peasmarsh

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 June 2010 under Concerts, Florestan Trio  •  Leave a comment

I’m off to take part in the Florestan Festival at Peasmarsh for the next few days. The festival takes place in a lovely little Norman church in the middle of the East Sussex fields (see photo). This year’s festival, the 13th Florestan Festival, celebrates the work of Robert Schumann whose 200th birthday was on 8th […]

Czech piano trios

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 May 2010 under Florestan Trio  •  Leave a comment

This month the Florestan Trio’s new disc is out on Hyperion Records. It’s a CD of three marvellous Czech piano trios by Smetana, Martinu and Petr Eben. It was a particularly arduous disc to record because all three works – though particularly the Smetana and Martinu – require a lot of physical stamina. In concert, short […]

Haydn’s Gypsy Rondo trio

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 April 2010 under Daily Life, Florestan Trio, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

A kind person at International Piano magazine has sent me, without comment, a copy of the May/June issue. It turns out to have a survey of recordings of Haydn’s ‘Gypsy Rondo’ piano trio. ‘The Florestan Trio … displays uncommon musical intelligence while refusing to allow any hint of sentimentality of any over-indulgence in the finale. […]