‘profoundly satisfied’: Ireland at Grotrian Hall

Grotrian was a piano manufacturer originally in partnership with Steinweg, later known as Steinway after emigrating to the US. In the 1920s the firm Grotrian-Steinweg had sales rooms across Europe as well as an orchestra and concert hall. On Thursday 29 April 1926 a programme devoted primarily to Ireland’s music took place at Grotrian Hall, the new name for Steinway Hall on Wigmore Street. Two of his most significant chamber works were performed: the Cello Sonata, ‘more beautiful at every hearing’, and the Second Violin Sonata, reviewed as ‘music that proves its astonishing wearing power more strongly as it grows older’. The musicians were Beatrice and Margaret Harrison, with the composer at the piano, their playing ‘throughout admirable’ (Manchester Guardian, 1 May 1926).

Grotrian Hall


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