Dave Bessel and Trio Kurtag – Plymouth University

This concert at the Plymouth University took place March 11, 2023…. “Join us for an exciting evening of works of our time – string trios of the 20th and 21st centuries – performed by the translucent London-based Trio Kurtag, and the premiere of a new composition commissioned by Musica Viva from David Bessell. David specialises in electronic music, and Trio Kurtag performs a wide range of repertoire of the present day. This promises to be a unique concert, a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in music that is literally being heard for the first time, along with music that is recently composed. Do join us for this exceptional evening!”

  • Date: Saturday 11 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00 pre-concert talk, 19:30 performance, 21:30 approximate finish time (Duration: 150 mins)
  • Venue: Levinsky Hall, Roland Levinsky Building
  • Ticket information: standard £12 / concession £10 / free to all students


Trio Kurtag: Henry Purcell

  • Fantasia No.1 Z. 732 (1680)
  • Fantasia No.3 Z. 734 (1680)

Trio Kurtag: Gideon Klein

  • String Trio (1944)
  • Allegro
  • Lento – theme and variations
  • Vivace

David Bessell: Micro Variations on an Emerging Theme (2023)

  • Electronic realisation for physical modelled instruments
  • Commissioned by Music Viva, The Arts Institute
  • Performed by the composer


Trio Kurtag: Jean Françaix: String Trio (1933)

  • Allegretto vivo
  • Scherz
  • Andante
  • Rondo. Vivo

Trio Kurtag: George Enescu

  • Aubade for String Trio (1899)