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Beethoven Piano Trios                                 9th Mar 2020 The Bear Club Map

Continuing our collaboration with the Sunday night concerts at London’s Conway Hall, the curator of that series, pianist Simon Callaghan, is joined by two colleagues for a celebratory programme of Beethoven piano trios. The entire canon is to be presented at Conway Hall and we present a programme that includes the great Ghost trio in D major. This work, written just as Beethoven had finished the Pastoral symphony, has an eerie slow movement possibly inspired by the ghost in Shakespeare’s Hamlet or the witches in Macbeth. From Beethoven’s middle period one can hear a composer fully engaged in the arguments of Romanticism, his life now dedicated to art, a spiritual obligation he felt so keenly in the light of his profound deafness.

With charismatic string players Ben Gilmore and Ashok Klouda it is always a pleasure to welcome Simon Callaghan to Luton and this all Beethoven event will surely be a most memorable reference point in our ongoing survey of the instrumental sonatas. Here is a chance to hear Beethoven writing simultaneously for the three voices that inspired him to his definitive essays in solo sonata form.

‘…floating sounds that embraced the soul like shadowy dream figures, and enticed it into the magical sphere of strange presentiments.’

E T A Hoffman (on Beethoven’s Ghost trio)



Ludwig van Beethoven – Trio in C minor Op 1 No.3

Ludwig van Beethoven – Variations in E flat Op 44

Ludwig van Beethoven – Trio in D Op 70 No.1 Ghost

Ben Gilmore

Simon Callaghan

Ashok Klouda