Haydn, Brahms and Messiaen

Haydn, Brahms and Messiaen

Robert Plane’s first concert in collaboration with the Gould Piano Trio was over 25 years ago, at the Crucible, Sheffield, for Music in the Round. It is a partnership that continues to flourish to this day.

For this programme, Robert Plane joins the Gould Piano Trio in Messiaen’s ethereally beautiful Quartet for the End of Time, which was first heard in 1941 at the Stalag VIIIA prisoner-of-war camp, in Görlitz, Germany. Messiaen wrote most of the work after being captured as a French soldier during the German invasion of 1940. He found himself with a clarinettist, a violinist, an old piano and a cello with a broken string and composed this emotionally charged work in eight movements for the forces he had to hand.

Franz Joseph Haydn – Piano Trio – tbc
Johannes Brahms – Piano Trio no. 2 in C major, op. 87
Olivier Messiaen – Quartet for the End of Time

‘An admirably well judged, scrupulously expressive performance, very well recorded.’
Gramophone September 2008

‘.. a fine quartet.., the Gould Trio and Robert Plane are among the best modern accounts.’
BBC Music Magazine August 2008

‘The premiere of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time may have been wildly over-mythologised, but it’s still an amazing story. Its performance here is exemplary.’
Album of the Week, The Independent