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Vilde Frang/Lawrence Power/Nicolas Altstaedt

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Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Sunday 19 April 2020 at 19:30
Performers
Vilde FrangViolin
Lawrence PowerViola
Nicolas AltstaedtCello

A virtuosic trio play music by Beethoven famed for its difficulty and delights, and deserving of greater attention. Regular performance partners violinist Vilde Frang, violist Lawrence Power and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, each a brilliant soloist in their own right, take on Beethoven’s three Op.3 string trios, considered too difficult to be performed in the composer’s own time. Power and Altstaedt also present the composer’s Duo for viola and cello, which Beethoven named the ‘Eyeglasses duo’, possibly because he wrote it to be performed with his good friend Baron Nikolaus Zmeskall: the two both wore spectacles.

The youthful Beethoven took several years to write the Op.9 trios, which he considered at the time to be his best work. The String Trio in D takes a key regarded as ‘natural’ to the violin, bright and optimistic, and issues a serious challenge to the soloist with music of extraordinary trickiness. The trio in C, an important key for Beethoven, is full of drama, while the first composed trio in the set, stunningly big for its boots with its symphonic gestures and richly melancholy Adagio, closes the performance.

The exceptional Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang made her debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 12. In 2017 appeared in Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra: The Times wrote: ‘she drew us in... right from her opening line — at first faint and vibrato-free, then gaining passion with every bar. Songful in the adagio, puckish in the finale, she never let the music down.’ Lawrence Power is one of the world’s leading viola players, whom The Sunday Times has called ‘a profound musical personality, his every phrase new and noteworthy.’ Awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2010, Nicolas Altstaedt has been called by The Huffington Post ‘An absolute revelation… one of the cello realm's most brilliant young princes.’

Ticket prices: £45 £35 £25 £15

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