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English Phantasies (PFNSCD019) £12.50

TRITIUM TRIO plays Clarinet Trios by John Ireland, John McCabe, Kenneth Leighton, Giles Easterbrook


1-3 John Ireland
Trio in D Minor Allegro non Troppo 7.58
Trio in D Minor Scherzo 4.03
Trio in D Minor Lento 12.03

4 John McCabe
Sonata for Clarinet, Cello and Piano 12.18

5 Kenneth Leighton
Fantasy On An American Hymn-Tune 21.14

6 Giles Easterbrook
Trio 12.03

Track 5 features an introduction by The Boy Choristers of Wakefield Cathedral Choir, directed by Thomas Moore, soloist Charlie Trueman

English Phantasies CD

Prima Facie are pleased to announce the release of 'English Phantasies' for clarinet trio, performed by the Tritium Trio. This album continues the series of contemporary music being interpreted and performed by younger musicians. Formed in January 2013 at the Royal Academy of Music, the Tritium Trio is a truly multinational ensemble, comprising Slovenian clarinettist Jernej Albreht, Swedish cellist Lydia Hillerudh, and Australian pianist Joseph Havlat. The foremost desire of the group is to explore repertoire other than pieces typically played by this ensemble type, in order to make rehearsals and performances as refreshing and enlightening as possible for both the trio and the audience. The disc celebrates the 70th birthday of one of the the founders of Prima Facie, Giles Easterbrook, with a stunning recording of his own trio, and also marks the 80th anniversay of the birth of John McCabe and the 90th of Kenneth Leighton. Recorded with the beautiful Fazioli piano at Turner Sims, Southampton, this is a feast of 20th Century composition.

Recorded on 7/8 August 2017 at Turner Sims, Southampton
Recorded by Stephen Plews
Produced by Giles Easterbrook
Edited and mastered by Phil Hardman
Photgraphy by Marc Gascoigne

The producers are grateful for financial assitance given by:
The John Ireland Trust
The Ida Carroll Trust
The Finzi Trust

Tritium Trio

Tritium Trio
Formed in January 2013 at the Royal Academy of Music, the Tritium Trio is a truly multinational ensemble, comprising Slovenian clarinettist Jernej Albreht, Swedish cellist Lydia Hillerudh, and Australian pianist Joseph Havlat. The foremost desire of the group is to explore repertoire other than pieces typically played by this ensemble type, in order to make rehearsals and performances as refreshing and enlightening as possible for both the trio and their audience. In March 2017 they won the Audience Prize at the renowned St- Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and took up the prestigious post as Royal Academy of Music Chamber Music Fellows for the 2017/18 academic year. ​

In their time together they have performed throughout London and across the UK, with concerts in Blackheath, Leatherhead, Bristol (Colston Hall), St. James’s Piccadilly (London), and frequently at the Royal Academy of Music as part of the Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime concert series. They won all prizes that were open to them at the Academy, including the Harold Craxton Prize in 2017 for their performance of the Brahms Clarinet Trio op. 114, and the Isaacs/Pirani Trio Prize in 2015 for their interpretation of Zemlinsky’s Clarinet Trio op. 3. ​

The trio was selected as Park Lane Group Young Artists 2016/17, where they gave an evening concert with two world premieres at St John’s Smith Square as part of Park Lane Group’s Diamond Jubilee season. The trio were artists in residence on the Advanced Composition Course at Dartington International Summer School and Festival in summer 2018, working with composition students and Eleanor Aalberga.

As a result of their interest in new music the trio has previously premiered and recorded numerous new works, including six written by Academy composers during their tenure as fellows.