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 final saga begins with Schumann weaving his love of Bach's counterpoint with his own natural fountainhead of fantasy, presented in an arrangement by his friend and colleague Kirchner. The chromatic spectrum is explored further in Schuller’s trio, embodying his jazz roots with colleagues Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and acknowledging his place in American composers’ royalty. Gao Ping’s NZ legacy continues long after his return to China in this brand new commission. The journey concludes with the largest, most symphonic piano trio of all - Tchaikovsky’s expansive and magnificent work written in memory of Nikolai Rubinstein - “À la mémoir d’un grand artiste”.
Schumann Sechs Stücke in kanonischer Form, Op. 56 arr. for Piano Trio, V & VI
Gao Ping New Commission
Schuller Piano Trio
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op 50