Archive for the ‘Florestan Trio’ Category

Bushes and briars

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 November 2009 under Florestan Trio, Reviews  •  1 Comment

The critics of Gramophone magazine have been choosing their favourite discs of the year for the December issue, and Peter Quantrill has chosen the Florestan Trio’s latest disc, of Haydn Trios (volume 2), as his personal favourite of 2009.  He writes: ‘I can’t remember a disc of more good, serious fun than the envoi to Haydn […]

Territorial display

Posted by Susan Tomes on 22 November 2009 under Daily Life, Florestan Trio, Musings  •  1 Comment

We were rehearsing this week in the home of a friend who keeps a pet canary in a cage in the kitchen. The canary was silent as we arrived and sat round the table, chatting and drinking coffee. But as soon as we went next door, picked up our instruments and started to play, the canary […]

Beethoven’s questions

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

For the past few days the trio has been rehearsing intensively. Over the next ten days we have two concerts at the Bath Mozartfest, a fundraising concert and dinner for the Florestan Trust, a concert at the University of Cambridge, a concert in the Wigmore Hall (with a world premiere), and three concerts in the Gulbenkian […]

Huw Watkins premiere

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio, Musings  •  1 Comment

At last the printed score has arrived for the trio by Huw Watkins. We’re giving the world premiere in the Wigmore Hall on November 25. When the newly published score arrived, I already knew the notes of the piano part, because I’ve been working from an electronic PDF which I printed out on loose A4 […]

Choosing a piano

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio  •  2 Comments

To Steinway Hall in London, to choose a piano for the Florestan Trio’s  Hyperion recording of Shostakovich next January. Whenever I’m able to select an piano, I have to do my research well ahead of time, because the best ones get booked up months in advance. Each piano is slightly different from the next, so for each new […]