We are delighted to welcome the Delphine Trio to Luton for the first time. It is however a return visit for their pianist, Roelof Temmingh, who played for us so memorably last season in a concert featuring a performance of a song cycle by his father, the celebrated South African composer also called Roelof Temmingh. The Trio’s programme includes music by Kahn and Zemlinsky, both students of Johannes Brahms, whose lyrical and structural influence is most satisfyingly apparent in these works. In the first half Beethoven’s own arrangement of the material from his highly successful Septet has been further modified by the substitution of two of the Trio movements with compatible works by his pupil and dear friend Ferdinand Ries. A notoriously prickly personality, Beethoven’s affection for Ries was very deeply felt and he clearly mentored the younger musician even as he depended on him for all manner of professional and emotional support.
One last element to add to the debate concerning our theme of The Ties between Pupil & Teacher is that Roelof studied with me five years ago at the Royal College of Music, which is when I first became aware of his remarkable gifts as a musician. The Trio are shortly to record much of the material from this programme.
Richard Sisson (Programme Planner)
Ludwig van Beethoven – Trio in E flat Op 38
(with trios by his friend and pupil Ferdinand Ries)
Johannes Brahms – Intermezzo in A Op 118 No.2
Robert Kahn – Serenade Trio Op 73
Alexander von Zemlinsky – Clarinet Trio Op 3
- Magdalenna Krstevska (clarinet)
- Jobine Siekman (cello)
- Roelof Temmingh (piano)
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