METAMORPHOSES clarinet, piano, viola

Wednesday 12 February 2020 at 8pm

Mozart               Clarinet Trio in E flat major, K 498 ‘Kegelstatt

Smit                    Clarinet Trio

Schumann        Märchenerzählungen, op 132

Françaix            Clarinet Trio

Metamorphoses is made up of British-American clarinettist, Jean Johnson who lives in Edinburgh, Dutch-born violist, Roeland Jagers living in the Netherlands and Crimean-born pianist, Ilona Timchenko who resides in Spain. These players have quickly made a big impact on the international stage since the formation of the group in 2015. Their debut CD ‘Metamorphoses’ was reviewed rapturously by Gramophone, the performances being described as ‘sincere, imaginative and fresh as paint!’

This celebration of the unique combination of viola and clarinet, with their shared alto/tenor pitches, starts with the piece which began it all – Mozart’s beautiful Kegelstatt (Skittle Alley) trio. Schumann’s ‘Fairy Tales’ were inspired by the Mozart. These two anchor the twentieth-century works – Leo Smit’s trio of 1938, clearly influenced by Les Six, with whom he was associated in Paris – and Jean Francaix’s late work which demonstrates his gift for combining striking melodies with fiendish virtuosity.

“Metamorphoses are fantastic, incredibly clever, tight and very polished. Beautiful phrases.” BBC RECORD REVIEW