Recorded at the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn as part of Northern Ireland's Moving on Music Festival, the Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan, violin, Robin Michael, cello and Mary Dullea, piano) perform piano trio music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Percy Grainger died 50 years ago this year and the trio marks the anniversary with a performance of his "Colonial Song" which was orignally conceived as a piano piece and a gift to his mother. Two specially commissioned works for this concert are Philip Hammond's "Meditation No. 1", which uses the Irish folksong "The Parting Fields" as the basis of the work, and Stephen Gardner's "The Madfly", a homage to the aviation pioneer Lilian Bland, the first woman to fly a self-constructed plane. The concert ends with Ravel' s sumptuous Piano Trio in A minor, a work inspired by his native Basque country and written in a flurry before World War I, it combines the composer's mastery of composition with his palate of intoxicating colour.
Percy Grainger: Colonial Song (Sentimentals No. 1 1911)
Philip Hammond: Meditation No. 1
Stephen Gardner: The Madfly
Ravel: Piano Trio 1914
(Notes: Moving On Music is one of the leading promoters of electronic, jazz, folk, traditional, classical and world music in Northern Ireland.).