classical music

The Lisney Piano Trio and Michael Whight

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Chamber masterworks by Beethoven and Messiaen carry a momentous emotional weight.

The premiere of Beethoven’s Archduke Trio in 1814 was one of the composer’s final public performances.

The piece is considered to be his finest – if not the finest – for piano trio.

Completed in 1811, the trio is, like the Eroica Symphony, striking for the grandeur of its dimensions and the profundity of its expression.

The Archduke Rudolph of Austria was one of the composer’s truest friends, a pupil and dedicatee of ten important works in various forms.

Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time – for piano trio with clarinet – premiered in January 1941 at Stalag VIIIA, a prisoner of war camp in Görlitz, Germany.

The composer dedicated it ‘in homage to the Angel of the Apocalypse, who raises his hand towards Heaven saying "There shall be no more time."’

From an evocation of morning birdsong, through fiercely concentrated and rhythmically complex dance music, the music intensifies to depictions of the coming cataclysm.

Two songs of praise (‘Louanges’) are offered up, oases of extraordinary calm marked ‘infinitely slow’ and ‘tender, ecstatic’.

The Lisney Trio, comprising the members of a family that sustain distinguished international careers as soloists, are joined by renowned clarinettist Michael Whight for this recital of two of the most significant chamber works of the past two centuries.


The Lisney Trio
Emma Lisney violin
Joy Lisney cello
James Lisney piano
Michael Whight clarinet


Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat, Op.97 (Archduke)
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Dates & times

9 Mar 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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Purcell Room


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