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Fidelio Piano Trio

Dorstone House, Dorstone

Tickets:  £14

Tickets £14 in person from Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye

or by telephone: 01497 820322

or online through Booth's Bookshop

Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate.

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Darragh Morgan – violin      Adi Tal - cello      Mary Dullea - piano



Donnacha Dennehy:  Bulb (written for the Fidelio Trio in 2006)

Maurice Ravel:  Piano Trio in A minor  (1914)

Arnold Schoenberg:  Verklärte Nacht  Op. 4 (1899)  (arr for Piano trio by Eduard Steurmenn)

The Musicians:

The …virtuosic Fidelio Trio… (Sunday Times) are Darragh Morgan, violin, Adi Tal, cello and Mary Dullea, piano.  Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world; they are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and featured on Sky Arts documentaries; they have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading and newest composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings.

Since their debut at London’s Southbank Centre, they have appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, at festivals from Brighton and Cheltenham to St. Magnus, and from Gregynog to Huddersfield. They regularly perform across the Irish Sea at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Kilkenny Festival and Belfast Festival at Queens as well as overseas in Shanghai, Porto, Paris, Venice, Florence, Johannesburg, New York City, Princeton, San Francisco and Boston.

Their extensive discography includes Ravel and Saint-Saëns for Resonus Classics; Philip Glass Head On; Korngold and Schoenberg (Verklärte Nacht arr. Steuermann) for Naxos; the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios for MN Records; multiple releases on NMC, Delphian Records including portrait CDs for composers such as Luke Bedford and Michael Zev Gordon. Their recent release of French Piano Trios for Resonus was a Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice.

The Music:

Donnacha Dennehy (b. 1970) is an Irish composer, a product of the hugely dynamic New Music scene in Dublin, more recently moving to join the music faculty at Princeton University. His music is exhilarating and yet evocative, described by the music critic Paul Griffiths as ‘A wonder to hear’.

Composer note:  Bulb was commissioned by the Fidelio Trio with funds provided by the Arts Council of Ireland. It takes as its basis the overtone series built on a very low G, and it grows outwards from a small band of these overtones by means of pulsing glissandi (in the violin and cello). Well in fact these pulsing glissandi are for the most part made of 2 notes (one moving, the other providing a reference drone by its repetitions). By the end, the violin and piano have swapped registral places. It’s an artificial vandalism of a natural phenomenon (the overtone series), like the way electric lighting is of the visual spectrum, or the paintings of Bridget Riley are of various natural perceptions.

Listen to a clip of a performance of Bulb

Dedicated to Ravel's counterpoint teacher André Gedalge, the Piano Trio in A minor is considered one of Ravel’s masterpieces, having immediate sensual appeal, blending with both a skilfully crafted structure and the indescribably fresh voice of Ravel and a new musical era. The trio includes many wonderful details of construction and expression including novelties both exotic and presciently neoclassical.

Listen to them performing the Ravel Trio

Verklärte Nacht (‘Transfigured Night’) is Schoenberg’s most accessible and popular work. It is an emotionally charged interpretation of a poem by Richard Dehmel of the same name. It began life as a string sextet in one movement composed in just three weeks in 1899 and is considered his earliest important work. Schoenberg went on to write a version for String Orchestra but this virtuosic version for Piano Trio was arranged by Eduard Steuermann (a pupil of Shoenberg’s) in 1932.

See and hear the string sextet version of Verklarte Nacht


Dorstone House, HR3 6AW, is on the B 4348 6 miles east of Hay. Car parking is in a field next to the church and will be signposted. Concert goers are welcome to come and picnic in the large garden and arboretum from 1.00 pm. After the concert tea and cakes will be provided by Dorstone volunteers raising funds for the Friends of the Church and the Village Hall.

Earlier Event: August 12
Clare Hammond (piano)
Later Event: October 7
Volksrenije Choir from St Petersburg