Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective at St John's Smith Square

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Bluthner Piano Series

Tom Poster


Elena Urioste


Juan-Miguel Hernandez


Laura van der Heijden



String Trio in Bb D471

Clara Schumann

Romances for violin and piano Op. 22

Dvorak arr. Kreisler, Josef Suk & Tom Poster


Schumann arr. Kirchner

Six Canonic Etudes for violin, cello and piano


Piano Quartet in A Op. 26

Tom Poster is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry and versatility, equally in demand as soloist and chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire. In this concert he is joined by colleagues for arrangements of chamber music from the nineteenth century.

Tom Poster and Friends open the concert with the charming string trio by Franz Schubert. Then, Clara Schumann, who first played her "Romances for Violin and Piano" with friend Joseph Joachim, a young virtuoso, in 1853. He apparently inspired her in the creation of the composition and both played these pieces regularly in their concerts.

The following six "canonic etudes" were originally composed for two pianos, a musical form well liked in the great days of the home piano. Kirchner has transcribed them into chamber music. Johannes Brahms was very particular in the perfection of his Quartets. He did not present them to the public immediately but allowed them time to mature. Especially for the No. 26 which was first played in 1862 in Vienna, only after the elapse of one year. Even during the rehearsal he changed whole passages in the string scores and introduced new motives. The perfect balance in the Adagio was found only later. These many changes have left their traces in the autograph of the original score.

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St John's Smith Square

Smith Square
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

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