The brilliance of Beethoven is immediately recognisable in the grand opening statement of the Archduke trio, the last and most enduring of his works for this genre. Perhaps the most beloved of all trios, the Archduke is at once symphony, opera and chamber conversation of the most intimate proportions. In contrast, Beethoven's Kakadu variations display the simplicity of an earlier style combined with more complex revisions made later in life. Mozart's trio in E K542 glows with the freedom of invention, from the concertante writing for keyboard to the new-age virtuosity of the supporting string lines.
BEETHOVEN- Ten Variation on ‘Ich din der Schneider Kakadu’, Op. 121a
MOZART- Piano Trio No. 4 in E, K 542
BEETHOVEN- Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’
Over the last two decades, Helen Ayres, Anna Goldsworthy and Tim Nankervis have remained steadfastly committed to chamber music – from building the contemporary repertoire, to developing new audiences and teaching the next generation of performers. Inspiring others through intelligent programming and a deep knowledge and love of chamber music, Seraphim Trio never fails to delight audiences. Winners of the Piano Trio Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Australian National Chamber Music Competition in 2001 (now the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition), Seraphim Trio has regularly performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Peninsular Summer Music Festival and in 2013, Opera Australia’s Ring Festival in Melbourne. Alongside its acclaimed subscription series Seraphim Trio is frequently broadcast on ABC Classic FM and on the MBS network, and maintains a robust commissioning program. Seraphim frequently collaborates with Australia's leading musicians: including Diana Doherty, Paul Dean, Lisa Harper-Brown, David Elton, and most recently with Paul Kelly. The group has studied in Germany with Hatto Beyerle, and in Australia with William Hennessy, Eleonora Sivan, Mark Mogilevski, Ronald Farren-Price and Lois Simpson.
Join us on the last Sunday of the month for the popular Prelude in Tea Sunday concert series, famously featuring a luscious afternoon tea served from 2:30, followed by a 3:30 concert from some of Australia’s best and most exciting small ensembles. Cake from 2:30, Concert at 3:30. A Prelude in Tea concert is the perfect Sunday afternoon out.