Away from his day-to-day life as Music Director at the Esterhazy Palace, Hungary, Haydn wrote what was to become his most famous piano trio during a successful tour of England in 1795. Drawing upon the songs of itinerant gypsy musicians who frequented the Esterhazy grounds, Haydn’s resulting “Gypsy Rondo” is one of the most spirited movements in all of the literature. The Night Song of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe (described as “The voice of Australia”) reflects upon “solitary thoughts at night, while becalmed on a distant sea”, while Percy Grainger's 'My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone' is based upon an English Renaissance song c.1600. The recital closes with Mendelssohn's virtuosic second piano trio, whose quasi-orchestral sound world pushes each of the instruments to their limits.
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