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Del Mar Piano Trio
14th October 2014
The Del Mar Trio - Francesca Barritt, violin, Morwenna Del Mar, cello
and Yshani Perinpanayagam, piano got the 2014-2015 season off to an exciting start.
Beethoven’s Trio Opus 1 No 1 already showed how well ahead of his time this composer had become. The jaunty opening and cheeky coda bookended a first movement full of vitality. The wistful slow movement with a newly liberated cello operating on equal terms with the violin and piano was followed by a quirky irregular scherzo and a headlong staccato-like finale.
Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio, composed in 1921, provided an arresting and substantial work. Tempestuous and passionate at times, with a recurring motif yet encompassing calmer and sorrowful passages, this piece held the attention throughout. The dedicated approach of the players was never in doubt.
After the interval Schubert’s Trio No 1 proved a real tonic. Delightfully exuberant, the opening movement was full of songful melodies, the andante nostalgically beautiful, the scherzo effervescent with a contrastingly soulful trio and the rondo finale buoyant and bouncy and played with obvious affection.
The audience responded with great enthusiasm to a very generous, well played and balanced concert.
Gerry Philp – 16 October 2014
Emergence 14th November 2014
The November concert was devoted to two major chamber works:
Brahms’ String Sextet No 1 and Schubert’s String Quintet.
EMERGENCE, made up of some of London’s most exciting young chamber musicians: Michael Trainor and Chris Jensen - violins, David Wigram and Annie Beilby - violas, Jessie Ann Richardson and Reinoud Ford - cellos were greeted by a packed audience.
Brahms’ first String Sextet is an early work and is sunnier than most of his later compositions. The first movement with its striking main theme was well projected, the enchanting slow movement gave the violas a chance to shine and the infectious rhythm of the scherzo was played at a steady tempo but with the helter-skelter trio given its head. The final carefree rondo capped a fine performance of this satisfying piece.
Schubert’s String Quintet was written just two months before his untimely death. A work of great beauty it has remained one of the most popular chamber works in the repertoire. The opening allegro, poignant and turbulent in turn, was played with great concentration. The ethereal adagio seemed to make time stand still. The boisterous scherzo was well controlled and the soulful trio, which in some way reflected Schubert’s impending death, was played with searing intensity. The final allegretto, lighter in mood, provided some relief at the end of such a profound work.
A rapturous reception was well deserved. As one member of the audience remarked to me, the artists so obviously loved the works they played.
Gerry Philp – 14 November 2014