Basically Beethoven #4 September 2017

16th August, 2017 | Media Releases

Media Release

Selby & Friends reprises popular “Basically Beethoven” concerts this September

Daniel Dodds – Violin | Timo-Veikko Valve – Cello | Kathryn Selby – Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 11 

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in D major (transcription of Symphony No. 2 by composer), Op. 36

’Basically Beethoven’ #4, a highly anticipated annual event on the Selby & Friends calendar, tours in September with Artistic Director and pianist Kathryn Selby, AM and her brilliant guest artists, violinist Daniel Dodds and cellist Timo-Veikko Valve.

Now in its fourth year, “Basically Beethoven” continues Selby & Friends’ exploration of the composer’s oeuvre of chamber music with piano. “…you had a solid taste of Beethoven’s accomplishment across a productive span of 22 years, delivered with … an impressive breadth of interpretative insight.” – reviewer Clive O’Connell, on the 2016 “Basically Beethoven” program.

” This program shows yet again how versatile Beethoven was within the piano trio genre, understanding as he did how important it was for audiences to have access to it in smaller, more manageable formats. This follows on from our highly successful ‘Triple Concerto’ earlier in the season and I am looking forward to exploring the repertoire with Dan and Tipi – two amazing artists with whom I love working,” said Selby.

This year’s ’Basically Beethoven’#4 program is a bold brush-stroke through Beethoven’s early genius, foreshadowing the dramatic impact of his later compositions.  The Opus 11 Trio in B-flat major, originally scored for clarinet, cello and piano is performed here in Beethoven’s version for piano trio. A taste of Beethoven’s very first published work, the powerful Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 3, was a revelation even in its day. Selby & Friends closes the program with a rarely performed gem – the master’s own transcription of his Symphony No. 2.

Virtuoso Australian violinist Daniel Dodds, Leader/Artistic Director of the famed Festival Strings Lucerne, returns for his third highly anticipated engagement with Selby & Friends. Appearing regularly with stellar ensembles the world over as leader or soloist, Daniel Dodds has become a household name in Europe and has garnered kudos of the highest order. No less than revered violin virtuoso Nathan Milstein has marveled: “Who is this man? He could truly be Paganini’s grandson!”

Cellist Timo-Veikko Valve, soloist and Principal Cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, is a long-time Selby & Friends audience favourite. Finnish-born “Tipi” has toured as a chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia and the US, and he also curates the ACO’s chamber music series in Sydney and is a founding member of Jousia Ensemble and Jousia Quartet.

Artist Director Kathryn Selby AM is Australia’s pre-eminent award-winning chamber music pianist whose brainchild ensemble Selby & Friends is now in its eleventh subscription concert season. A hallmark of Selby & Friends is the consistently high performance quality and variety achieved with a rotating roster of illustrious guest artists.

Selby & Friends is extolled for its “chamber music playing of the highest quality” (Sydney Morning Herald). ‘Basically Beethoven #4’ offers this brilliance and more as the next eagerly awaited chapter in a beloved series.

Tickets are on sale now via the website or by calling 1300 511 099.


Basically Beethoven #4 will tour the following dates and venues:

Saturday, September 16 – 5:00pm, St Jude’s Church, Bowral, Southern Highlands

Sunday, September 17 – 2:30pm, Turramurra Uniting Church, Turramurra

Monday, September 18 – 7:30pm, James O. Fairfax Theatre, Canberra

Wednesday, September 20 – 7:30pm, Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

Thursday, September 21 – 7:00pm, City Recital Hall, Sydney 

Sunday, September 24 – Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, Adelaide


Media Contact:  Caroline Ryvers – 0481 080 285

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