Selby & Friends presents ‘By Arrangement’

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  • Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 96 in D major, 'Miracle' (adapted for piano trio by Johann Peter Salomon 1745-1815)
  • Maurice Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin (arranged for piano trio by Matt van Brink, 2006)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Concerto in C major for violin, cello and piano, Op. 56 "Triple" (arranged by Carl Reinecke, 1824-1910)

Andrew Haveron – Violin / Timo-Veikko Valve – Cello / Kathryn Selby – Piano

 From 21 st - 28 th May, pianist Kathryn Selby AM invites SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and ACO Principal Cellist Timo-Veikko Valve to join her in piano trio versions of beloved orchestral works by Beethoven, Ravel and Haydn.

Historically, chamber ensemble arrangements of orchestral works were performed in music-lovers' homes as the only way to repeatedly enjoy great orchestral music. In this tradition, composers and their colleagues have over the years arranged popular orchestral works for piano trio. Rarely performed nowadays, a selection is presented in "By Arrangement".

Originally composed for orchestra in 1791, Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 96 in D major ("Miracle") opens this Selby & Friends program in an adaptation for piano by Johann Peter Solomon. Solomon was a well-known musical impresario who was instrumental in the premieres and publication of the original "London" Symphonies as well as his own piano trio adaptations of Haydn's Symphonies 91-96.

The Baroque-style suite Le Tombeau de Couperin was composed by Maurice Ravel for orchestra in 1919, two years after his original piano version. Almost a century later, composer, educator and pianist Matt Van Brink published this arrangement for piano trio. Currently head of  Songwriting and Composition at Concordia Conservatory in Bronxville, New York, Van Brink's works and arrangements are performed around the world.

Beethoven's beloved "Triple" Concerto Op. 56 rounds out this Selby & Friends program in an arrangement by Carl Reinecke. A prolific composer and arranger, Reinecke took Beethoven's full-orchestra concerto of 1804 featuring violin, piano and cello and successfully reduced the ultra-rich musical textures down to the three solo instruments on their own.

"It is a special privilege for a pianist to have the opportunity to participate in these glorious works and so it is a dream to share this experience with my good friends Andrew and Tipi once again in the warmth and intimacy of a chamber music setting.", says Kathryn Selby.

A staple artistic partnership within the Selby & Friends concert season since 2015, the piano trio collaboration of Haveron, Valve and Selby has been applauded by reviewers:

"It would be difficult to find a more thrilling live performance of this work." – SMH, June 2015, on Dvorak‟s Piano Trio in F minor, June 2015

"[Varied Virtues] was a brilliant performance ... Haveron's dazzling technique ... Veikko-Valve is surely one of the boldest and bravest cellists of his generation"

Kathryn Selby AM, pre-eminent Australian pianist and chamber music entrepreneur boasts a string of international and Australian performance awards praising her "formidable talent". In 2016 she celebrated a spectacular milestone, the 10 th anniversary of her brainchild Selby & Friends, dubbed by the Sydney Morning Herald as "the very best in chamber music".

A hallmark of the Selby & Friends series is the relaxed and intimate performance format which sees musicians speaking with the audience from the stage about their personal experiences in music.

Tickets for "By Arrangement" are available at the Selby & Friends website or by phoning 1300 511 099.

Selby & Friends, "By Arrangement" tour dates:

  • Sunday, May 21 – 2:30 pm, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Monday, May 22 – 7:30pm, James O. Fairfax Theatre, Canberra
  • Tuesday, May 23 – 7:00pm, City Recital Hall, Sydney
  • Wednesday, May 24 – 8:00pm, Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne
  • Saturday, May 27 – 5:00pm, Mittagong Playhouse, Southern Highlands
  • Sunday, May 28 – 2:30pm, Turramurra Uniting Church, Turramurra
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