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Our title for this program is quite obviously tongue in cheek! One cannot possibly label either of the great melody masters, Rachmaninov and Schubert, as anything remotely close to being thorns, but the idiom seemed apt in the context of the largely underestimated Fanny Mendelssohn as a composer to be admired in her own right. Highly intellectual, cultured and a formidable force in the musical life of Berlin, Fanny was also confidante and best friend to her brother Felix who passed away within months of her own untimely death. Book-ending the season with Schubert’s second great final piano trio, this program, which brings together violinist Grace Clifford and cellist Richard Narroway, two of Australia’s most gifted musicians of the younger generation, with Kathryn Selby, is truly an exploration of youth, song, and yearning. It is a fitting close to our dazzling exploration of the piano trio repertoire this season.

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  • Sergei Rachmaninov
    Piano Trio élégiaque No.1 in G minor 
    Fanny Mendelssohn
    Piano Trio in D minor, Op.11
    Franz Schubert
    Piano Trio in E flat major, Op.100 D.929
  • Grace Clifford
    Richard Narroway
    Kathryn Selby