Belfast Music Society International Festival 2014

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140311

Sean Rafferty introduces the first of four programmes from the Belfast Music Society International Festival, which takes place in the Great Hall at Queen's University. Christian Poltera and Christian Ihle Hadland begin this "Northern Lights" series which focuses on music and musicians from northern lands, with a short Intermezzo by Edvard Grieg. Olli Mustonen performs music by Sibelius, his 10 Pieces Op.58 written in 1909. The short pieces reflect a series of moods from the impressionistic opening Reverie through to the solemn final Largo. The Danish pianist, Jens Elvekjaer created the Trio Con Brio Copenhagen in 1999 with two sisters from Korea, Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong. Soo-Jin had a baby last month and so is replaced by violinist, Johannes Soe Hansen. They will play Haydn's Trio in C major, Hob XV no 27 which requires virtuoso playing, from the pianist in particular.

Grieg: Intermezzo in A minor

Christian Poltera (cello), Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)

Sibelius: 10 Pieces, Op.58

Olli Mustonen (piano)

Haydn: Trio in C major, Hob XV no 27

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen

Johannes Soe Hansen (violin), Soo-Kyung Hong (cello), Jens Elvekjaer (piano).

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140311

Sean Rafferty introduces the first of four programmes from the Belfast Music Society International Festival, which takes place in the Great Hall at Queen's University. Christian Poltera and Christian Ihle Hadland begin this "Northern Lights" series which focuses on music and musicians from northern lands, with a short Intermezzo by Edvard Grieg. Olli Mustonen performs music by Sibelius, his 10 Pieces Op.58 written in 1909. The short pieces reflect a series of moods from the impressionistic opening Reverie through to the solemn final Largo. The Danish pianist, Jens Elvekjaer created the Trio Con Brio Copenhagen in 1999 with two sisters from Korea, Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong. Soo-Jin had a baby last month and so is replaced by violinist, Johannes Soe Hansen. They will play Haydn's Trio in C major, Hob XV no 27 which requires virtuoso playing, from the pianist in particular.

Grieg: Intermezzo in A minor

Christian Poltera (cello), Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)

Sibelius: 10 Pieces, Op.58

Olli Mustonen (piano)

Haydn: Trio in C major, Hob XV no 27

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen

Johannes Soe Hansen (violin), Soo-Kyung Hong (cello), Jens Elvekjaer (piano).

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140312

Sean Rafferty inroduces the second of four programmes from the Belfast Music Society International Festival of Chamber Music, which takes place in the Great Hall at Queen's University. This year's theme is Music from Northern Lands. Christian Poltera and Christan Ihle Hadland begin with a short work for cello and piano, "Malinconia" (Melancholy) by Sibelius, written shortly after the death of the composer's youngest daughter. Erkki-Sven Tüür wrote his piece for piano trio, Fata Morgana, in 2002. This shimmering and alluring work based on a mirage is performed by Trio Con Brio Copenhagen. Finally, Olli Mustonen is the pianist in the first of Prokofiev's trilogy of war sonatas, No. 6, completed in 1940.

Sibelius: Malinconia, Op 20

Christian Poltera (cello), Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)

Tuur: Fata Morgana (2002)

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen

Johannes Soe Hansen (violin), Soo-Kyung Hong (cello), Jens Elvekjaer (piano)

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A minor, Op 82

Olli Mustonen (piano).

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140312

Sean Rafferty inroduces the second of four programmes from the Belfast Music Society International Festival of Chamber Music, which takes place in the Great Hall at Queen's University. This year's theme is Music from Northern Lands. Christian Poltera and Christan Ihle Hadland begin with a short work for cello and piano, "Malinconia" (Melancholy) by Sibelius, written shortly after the death of the composer's youngest daughter. Erkki-Sven Tüür wrote his piece for piano trio, Fata Morgana, in 2002. This shimmering and alluring work based on a mirage is performed by Trio Con Brio Copenhagen. Finally, Olli Mustonen is the pianist in the first of Prokofiev's trilogy of war sonatas, No. 6, completed in 1940.

Sibelius: Malinconia, Op 20

Christian Poltera (cello), Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)

Tuur: Fata Morgana (2002)

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen

Johannes Soe Hansen (violin), Soo-Kyung Hong (cello), Jens Elvekjaer (piano)

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A minor, Op 82

Olli Mustonen (piano).

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140313

Sean Rafferty continues his series of programmes from the Belfast Music Society International Festival of Chamber Music which takes place in the Great Hall at Queen's University. Today there are two pieces by Grieg and, in between, piano music by Prokofiev. Trio Con Brio Copenhagen begin with a short piano trio movement by Grieg. It's a beautiful piece, written in 1878 and found among Grieg's manuscripts after his death in 1907. Olli Mustonen plays a set of piano music from a selection written during the summer of 1935, which Prokofiev himself called "Children's Music". Finally, Christian Poltera and Christian Ihle Hadland play Edvard Grieg's Cello Sonata, Op. 36 - one of most popular romantic sonatas written for the instrument. Grieg dedicated it to his cellist brother, John.

Grieg: Andante con moto

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen

Johannes Soe Hansen (violin), Soo-Kyung Hong (cello), Jens Elvekjaer (piano)

Prokofiev: Children's Album

Olli Mustonen piano

Grieg: Cello Sonata, Op 36

Christian Poltera (cello), Christian Ihle Hadland piano.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140313

Sean Rafferty continues his series of programmes from the Belfast Music Society International Festival of Chamber Music which takes place in the Great Hall at Queen's University. Today there are two pieces by Grieg and, in between, piano music by Prokofiev. Trio Con Brio Copenhagen begin with a short piano trio movement by Grieg. It's a beautiful piece, written in 1878 and found among Grieg's manuscripts after his death in 1907. Olli Mustonen plays a set of piano music from a selection written during the summer of 1935, which Prokofiev himself called "Children's Music". Finally, Christian Poltera and Christian Ihle Hadland play Edvard Grieg's Cello Sonata, Op. 36 - one of most popular romantic sonatas written for the instrument. Grieg dedicated it to his cellist brother, John.

Grieg: Andante con moto

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen

Johannes Soe Hansen (violin), Soo-Kyung Hong (cello), Jens Elvekjaer (piano)

Prokofiev: Children's Album

Olli Mustonen piano

Grieg: Cello Sonata, Op 36

Christian Poltera (cello), Christian Ihle Hadland piano.

04 LASTRadio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140314

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.

Janacek: Pohadka

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).

04 LASTRadio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140314

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.

Janacek: Pohadka

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).