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The 'Archduke' Trio, a prime example of the heroic expansion of Beethoven's
middle period, received a powerful interpretation full of notable highlights.
The first movement unfolded with just the right blend of relaxed vigour.
While their musicality highlighted details and larger coherence, a cautious
tonal palette underplayed some of the more dramatic contrasts and rhythmic
nuances in favour of a lucid sonority and resonantly flowing texture. In
the Scherzo the ensemble projected the rising scale theme with wit and panache,
imaginatively characterising the darker, undulating trio theme as a potent
shadow role, full of chromatic suspense. One of the main highlights was
the eloquent slow movement, its lyrical theme developed in ever broader
and more complex variations, the final one magically elided into the jaunty
finale. Here again there was much to delight in, the interactions amongst
the ensemble always subtly shaded and paced, and the piano's delicately
ornamented rondo theme effectively developed into the remarkably original
backdrop to the strings that precedes the final coda with its modulatory
The Stockholm Arts Trio
The Stockholm Arts Trio's performance overall projected an engaging
musical individuality which, following this warmly received début
concert, one hopes audiences in the UK will have the opportunity to enjoy
with increased frequency.
Copyright © 10 December 2002
Malcolm Miller, London, UK
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