François-Frédéric Guy piano
Tedi Papavrami violin
Xavier Phillips cello
A multitude of climates and mood switches in a passionate, virtuoso collaboration by three soloists
Three musicians at the fullness of their talent. François-Frédéric Guy, a fervent admirer of Beethoven and Brahms, and very much in his element in the German repertoire. Tedi Papavrami, not only a masterful violinist but also a writer and the translator of Kadare. And finally Xavier Phillips, one of the leading names in the prestigious French cello school. The vitality of Mendelssohn's second Sonata for Cello and Piano, composed at the same time as A Midsummer Night's Dream, gives way to the stirrings of the sonata by Janáček (1922), a miracle of sensitive inventiveness in the Indian summer of this Czech composer, so rich in major compositions. Schumann's Trio, a key Romantic work first performed in 1848, is a fitting close to this ambitious programme performed by artists in their prime.