Though the composer had yet to pay his first visit to Italy, romanticized thoughts of the country pervaded his mind as he wrote Trio Romantico. Images of the Tuscan countryside shimmering in a haze of midsummer sun are conjured in the first movement Invocazione, a love of courtly Renaissance art inspired the antique dance-like nature of the Intermezzo, and the yearning feelings of the final Romanza are those of a composer never truly at home when not surrounded by ancient art and architecture. The premiere of Trio Romantico was given by Willemijn Steenbakkers (violin), Gemma Kost (‘cello) and Alexander Rider (harp) at the Sounds New 2010 Contemporary Music Festival held in Canterbury in May 2010.
Review: “It is beautiful and very well written for the harp of course. So nice to play something instantly gratifying by a composer who really understands that we only use 8 fingers!” – Eleanor Turner, virtuoso harpist