Today’s program illustrated the fact that the best music is made among friends.
At clarinettist Rosie Taylor made a point of saying this, and the audience really felt that they were eavesdropping on a friendly get-together when music of the highest standard was been performed. The star attraction of this program was the trio by Mozart and we were certainly not disappointed by the performance. The broad melodic line of this king of melody makers was always brought out to perfection. The virtuoso playing of Peter Mallinson in the hectic passages on the viola was truly stunning.
Many of us knew the Brahms songs which featured next. Originally allocated to a contralto voice, this work transposed easily to this afternoon’s ensemble. In fact the transposition had been done by Rosie herself to great effect. The trio reveled in the deep soulful harmonies of Brahms in the first song and in the lullaby which followed we were quite entranced by their playing.
After the break we sped back into the world of Beethoven for a Trio which some of us knew already is as a Trio for piano and strings with glorious melodies. Particularly enjoyable was the adagio. The theme and variations of the last movement put all players on their mettle revealing their superb technique and tight ensemble.
To finish with we enjoyed a work by Max Bruch, mostly famous for his violin concertos, but here was music on an intimate scale which we were told was for enjoyment by his family. This was certainly no music for amateurs, being fully romantic in harmony and emotion. It was a delight to host this trio of young people then we wishing the very best for the future.