Saturday 26th January  3.00pm and repeated at 7.30pm

tring Park Mansion


Midwinter Recital in the Ballroom

In the intimate ambience of the Mansion ballroom we celebrate the influence of the ‘Salon’ on central European traditions of fine music making. Musical soirées in stylish 'Salons' were meeting places for leading figures of the musical world. They were a space for virtuosi and composers alike to mix and marinate, share and inspire. Our concert opens in true grand Bohemian style with Smetana’s magnificent Piano Trio. If Smetana was the ‘Father of Czech Music’, then it was his successor, Dvorak who popularised his country’s rich heritage. Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances (inspired by the Hungarian Dances of Brahms) include some of his most touching moments. Fellow countryman Janacek is represented by Pohadka, or Fairy Tale for cello and piano, an evocative short work dating from 1910. Chopin too would frequent many a fashionable salon. We hear a memorable arrangement by Balakirev of the slow movement of his second Piano Concerto. It was common practice for the greatest virtuoso violinists, in this case Joachim and Kreisler, to arrange the dances of Dvorak and Brahms for their recitals, as colourful and popular today as they were in those nineteenth century 'Salons.'

“Delectable. Paul Barritt here takes on the Kreisler/Sammons mantle as to the manner born’” International Record Review

“The softer-grained slow movement gave Josephine Horder her first opportunity to demonstrate what a lovely, flowing, melodic line she can coax from her cello.” The Classical Source

“James Lisney is someone who can really give the mechanical box of wires and wood a singing soul.” The Telegraph

Smetana                    Piano Trio in G minor Op 15      

Chopin                      Romance Op 11 for piano solo

Brahms/Joachim        Hungarian Dance no 1 for violin and piano

Dvorak/Kreisler         Slavonic Dance Op 72 no 2 for violin and piano 

Janacek                    Pohadka for cello and piano

Hubay                      ‘Hejre Kati’ for violin and piano

Suk                           Elegy op 23 for piano trio

Brahms                      Hungarian Dance No 6 for piano trio