On 24 January 2022 Trio Isimsiz premiered Francisco Coll’s Piano Trio in Madrid.
Commissioned for the trio by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical (Madrid), and Britten Pears Arts, the trio stemmed from a conversation between Coll and violinist Pablo Hernán a few years prior: ‘Pablo asked if I would write a piano trio,’ Coll recalled to Strad Magazine. ‘I thought it was a great idea. It was clear they wanted a substantial work.’ Staying true to the trio’s request, Coll’s 17-minute work is rich in contrasting styles and influences, ‘a voyage between the familiar and unconventional’, he says. It is a four-movement work of brilliant – but barbed – invention, taking in everything from allusions to Strauss’ Die schweigsame Frau to a Larghetto ‘imbued by melodic features from the flamenco’, and a ‘hallucinated fugue’ as well as fragments of tango.
Trio Isimsiz will present the work’s UK premiere at the Aldeburgh Festival on 25 June 2022.