Seaton Music launches new concert season

PUBLISHED: 07:01 24 October 2018

Mark Ollier (second left) from solicitors Beviss and Beckingsale which sponsored the Seaton Music concert is pictured with the Linos Piano Trio. Picture CONTRIBUTED.

Mark Ollier (second left) from solicitors Beviss and Beckingsale which sponsored the Seaton Music concert is pictured with the Linos Piano Trio. Picture CONTRIBUTED.

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Linos Piano Trio performs at The Gateway

Seaton Music’s 67th season opened at The Gateway last week with the Linos Piano Trio.

It featured Prach Boondiskulchok (piano), Konrad Elias-Trostmann (violin) and Vladimir Waltham (cello).

As their names suggest they are an international group and they perform widely throughout Europe.

Their collaboration began in 2007 and they have since won much acclaim for their colourful and distinctive voice.

A carefully designed programme began with the rarely performed second Piano Trio of Beethoven, an early work which they performed with an exquisite lightness of touch.

It has a beautiful melody in the slow movement reminiscent of an operatic aria. This theatrical theme continued with the second piece, their own arrangement of Ravel’s popular La Valse which was originally intended for the ballet.

The audience at Seaton was honoured to be hearing the debut for this arrangement – an astonishingly virtuosic and exciting tour de force.

The concert continued with an unknown trio by CPE Bach in which the composer sought to ‘touch the heart and move the affections’.

The audience was then suitably primed to listen to Schumann’s great D minor Trio which is full of strong passions and pathos.

A very appreciative audience insisted on an encore for which they were treated to another of their own arrangements, this time of Ravel’s gorgeous Pavane.

The Linos Trio stands out because their music making goes beyond performing established repertoire to include the creation of their own arrangements.

There were several ‘firsts’ for Seaton Music in this opening concert of the season, and not all of them in the music itself. They had never before seen its musicians use ipads instead of sheet music!

The next concert at The Gateway is on Thursday, November 15, when people can hear a baritone and pianist perform English, French and German songs.

Seaton Music - formerly Seaton and District Music Club - has been presenting an annual season of professional concerts since 1951. A wide range of artists, well known and talented young musicians, perform a broad repertoire of classical music.

In addition it sponsors music workshops in schools and is committed to encouraging music among young people.

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