NZTrio celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2022 with the LEGACY series - an opportunity to look to the past and to the future.
One of NZTrio’s greatest legacies from its first 20 years is the commissioning of over 75 new works. From “dirty pixels” by Michael Norris in 2003 right through to 2021’s “Ka maranga ngā kapua” by Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Aotearoa’s musical landscape is continually embraced by audiences, promoters and other ensembles both locally and world-wide, guaranteeing the posterity of this taonga. LEGACY heralds three new works fresh off the press from Michael Norris, Tabea Squire and Gao Ping.
The LEGACY series also spotlights NZTrio’s trademark eclecticism in programming. Teaming up with those new works from Aotearoa are some of the mightiest masterpieces of the trio repertoire (Beethoven “Archduke”, Schubert Eb and Tchaikovsky) plus some cheeky genre-busters (Kapustin, Bolcom and Schuller), and beginning with the discovery of lesser-known works from a familiar name (Schumann) to prime the senses.
The story continues with the luscious trio arrangement of Schumann’s melodious miniatures dedicated to his music teacher Friedrich Wieck before we return home to the sounds of Aotearoa in Tabea Squire’s newest work. Bolcom’s trio celebrates the music of our time in a whirlwind journey, turbulent with autumnal and Hispanic-jazzy tones contrasted with other-worldly serenity. Finally, we experience Schubert at the height of his artistry in his marvellous E-flat trio, acclaimed by Schumann as ‘an angry meteor blazing forth and outshining everything in the musical atmosphere of the time’. Brace yourselves for this epic musical panorama - the whole gamut of human emotion is conveyed in just four movements.
Schumann Sechs Stücke in kanonischer Form, Op. 56 arr. for Piano Trio, III & IV
Squire New Commission
Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat, Op. 100