MICHAEL DRAKE John Innes Centre, NorwichIn Saturday evening's concert in the Norfolk and Norwich Music Club's series, this piano trio, now in their 21st year, whose collective studies were at the Prague Music Academy, played with a great degree of musical accord.
John Innes Centre, Norwich
In Saturday evening's concert in the Norfolk and Norwich Music Club's series, this piano trio, now in their 21st year, whose collective studies were at the Prague Music Academy, played with a great degree of musical accord.
Opening with Mozart's final Piano Trio No 6 in G, there was a light delicacy from piano, violin and cello, with a slow movement notable for the its mellow tone, before a delightful little withdrawing-room finale and although the piano usually led, this was always balanced teamwork.
A century after Mozart, Josef Suk composed his first work in that genre at the age of 15 and his C minor Trio has an extraordinary maturity. Its lyrical centre was given a range of contrasts, while the finale moved from a marked rhythm to lighter subtlety before a free-flowing climax.
Brahms' Trio in B major had the tone set, literally, by the cello and its opening phrase was developed in a variety of guises and intensity before the Scherzo moved from the jovial to the pastoral and back.
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The final movement, dominated by a complex waltz rhythm, never quite finds its escape route, as it built in excitement. Prolonged applause was rewarded with encores from this musically communicative trio, which has understanding and precision in equal measure.