Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend: Cedars Hall

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20161018

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20161018

A brand new concert hall, Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, is the venue for Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend. The Atos Trio of Berlin, former Radio 3 New Generation Artists, present a specially curated series in partnership with Radio 3 and Cedars Hall. Across the next four days the trio explore four major European musical centres, Paris, Vienna, St Petersburg and Prague, where the search for a Czech identity was flourishing from the 1860s.

In today's recital the Atos Trio pair two contrasting Czech piano trios. Vitezslav Novak was a significant voice in turn of the century Prague, his style likened to Brahms, while Smetana poured his emotion into his second piano Trio at a time of great personal loss.

Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Vitezslav Novak: Piano Trio No 2 in D minor, Op 27 - Trio quasi una ballata

Bedrich Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op 15

Atos Trio

Thomas Hoppe, piano

Annette von Hehn, violin

Stefan Heinemeyer, cello.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20161019

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20161019

Fiona Talkington presents the second in a series of four concerts, curated by Radio 3 in partnership with Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School and former Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Atos Trio. In today's lunchtime concert the group's musical journey around four European cities brings them to Paris. After the brilliant and prolific chamber composer Jean Francaix's Trio in D, written when he was in his seventies in 1986, the trio are joined by Philip Dukes for Fauré's emotionally charged Piano Quartet in C minor, Op 15.

Jean Francaix: Trio in D

Gabriel Faure: Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor, Op 15

Philip Dukes, viola

Atos Trio:

Thomas Hoppe, piano

Annette von Hehn, violin

Stefan Heinemeyer, cello.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20161020

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20161020

Fiona Talkington presents the third in a series four concerts, curated by Radio 3 in partnership with Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School, together with the Atos Trio. In today's lunchtime concert the group's musical journey around four European cities reaches St Petersburg, a jewel in Russia's architectural and musical crowns. Two members of the Atos Trio and clarinettist Mark Simpson, all former members of Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme, join forces in an arrangement of a Faustian tale by Stravinsky and the recital concludes with Shostakovich's deeply felt second Piano Trio, written in the aftermath of the siege of Leningrad and the loss of a dear friend.

Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale Suite

Mark Simpson, clarinet

Annette von Hehn, violin

Thomas Hoppe, piano

Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op 67

Atos Trio:

Thomas Hoppe, piano

Annette von Hehn, violin

Stefan Heinemeyer, cello.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20161021

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20161021

Fiona Talkington presents the final concert in this series, curated by Radio 3 in partnership with Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School, together with the Atos Trio. In today's lunchtime concert the group's musical journey around four European cities brings them to Vienna, a centre of power and cultural influence for centuries. Viola player Philip Dukes joins the former Radio 3 New Generation Artists for a performance of Mozart's early Piano Quartet in G minor, and then the group plays Korngold's Piano Trio in D major, written in Vienna, where Korngold was causing quite a stir at just thirteen years of age, before he made his name as a film composer in Hollywood.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor

Atos Trio

Philip Dukes, viola

Erich Korngold: Piano Trio in D major, Op.1

Atos Trio.