Trio’s tour de force’

PUBLISHED: 17:32 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 23:07 15 June 2010

A few years ago the three Japanese sisters who comprise the Fujita Piano Trio caused quite a stir when they performed in St Paul s Church for the Honiton Festival.

A few years ago the three Japanese sisters who comprise the Fujita Piano Trio caused quite a stir when they performed in St Paul's Church for the Honiton Festival. There will now be another chance to hear them, but at the Northcott Theatre in one of its very successful series of chamber music recitals.

Violinist Arisa, cellist Honoka and pianist Megumi are superb soloists, each in their own right, but have also excelled as an award winning trio. A leading musical journal has described their performances as 'a tour de force in all respects'. They are also noted for often playing from memory, an accomplishment common in soloists but not in chamber music groups. Since playing in Honiton, although now based in London, the trio has played and become known worldwide.

For their Northcott programme they have chosen to play three of the best known pieces in the piano trio repertoire, opening with Haydn's G major Trio which ends with the famous gypsy rondo. Then comes Beethoven's Archduke Trio, perhaps the greatest of all piano trios, and lastly Mendelssohn's Trio in D minor, one of his most popular works described by Schumann as 'the greatest trio of the age' as he compared it to those of Beethoven and Schubert. The Northcott recital starts at 7.30pm, on Sunday, March 8. Tickets are available from the box office on (01392) 493493.

John Dalton


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