VIDEO: Classical trio has dramatic return to Plymouth International Concert Series
The celebrated classical Fournier Trio returned to Plymouth with a visit to Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery to take part in the celebration of the city's International Concert Series that has been running for 20 years,
The trio performed pieces by Anton Arensky and the more widely known Maurice Ravel faultlessly in front of a captivated audience - even though the concert was interrupted by a ringing mobile phone and, somewhat more dramatically so, by a fainting audience member who was reported to quickly have regained consciousness and suffered no ill effects.
“It was all rather dramatic at times because of the interruptions, but it was very good to be back in Plymouth. The two pieces are both very different and representative for their countries. Arensky's composition is very Russian, while Ravel's is French,” violinist Sulki Yu said.
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“They are also show how music was changing rapidly in the years the two composers were most active. Arensky was late 19th century while Ravel is early 20th century and classical music went through something of a revolution with regards the compositions during that time,” cellist Pei-Jee Ng added.
It was the second time the Fournier Trio was in Plymouth. For their third member, Taiwanese-British pianist Chiao-Ying Chang, their concert marked a triumphant third visit to the city. Her first came in 2007 when she played as a soloist with the Ten Tors Orchestra.
It was here she caught the eye of Concert Organiser Jeanie Moore, who runs the International Concert series.
“I knew her from my time with the Ten Tors Orchestra and I have followed her talents develop since. As is often the case, the trio asked me if it would be possible for them to return and after their performance at Sherwell United Church last year I did not have to think about it for long,” Jeanie Moore said.
Fournier Trio, formed in 2009, is based in London. They have won both 2nd Prize and Audience Prize at the 6th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, and performed critically acclaimed débuts at both the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall.
The 20th year of the International Concert Series concludes with a Christmas Music Bob show featuring popular and classical Christmas music on Thursday December 6th at the museum.