Sean Rafferty introduces the final programme from the Belfast Music Society International Festival of Chamber Music, which takes place in the Great Hall at Queen's University. Today music by Janacek and Smetana, and in between a piano sonata by the composer and performer, Olli Mustonen. The fairy tale that inspired Janacek's Pohadka was the Story of Czar Berendei, after the epic poem by Vasili Zhukovsky. It is said that the cello represents the prince in the poem, and the piano the princess. Olli Mustonen's Piano Sonata is titled, Jehkin Iivana, and is named after a renowned exponent of the Finnish folk tradition of runo singing. The series of concerts from Belfast ends with a highly personal, almost autobiographical work by Smetana. The Piano Trio in G minor Op. 15 was prompted by the death of composer's elder daughter and was composed in 1855.
Christian Poltera (cello), Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)
Mustonen: Piano Sonata no.1, Jehkin Iivana
Olli Mustonen (piano)
Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op 15
Trio Con Brio Copenhagen
Johannes Soe Hansen (violin), Soo-Kyung Hong (cello), Jens Elvekjaer (piano).