<< -- 2 -- Rex Harley MATCHED TO PERFECTION
Lucy Gould prefaced their performance of the Smetana Trio in G minor
Op 15 with a few explanatory notes, commenting on the nature of the piece
and the way that, in its elegiac aspects, it led the way for similar trios
by later composers. But this was more than just a spoken programme note.
Her enthusiasm for the music was apparent in every word. As for the performance
itself, it was nothing less than thrilling. So much emotion is generated
within this small-scale work, some nationalistic and patriotic, some personal,
stemming from the death of the composer's daughter at the age of five.
But even in the tenderest moments, there is no self-indulgence, nor even
melancholy, as evidenced by the fact that there is no slow movement. This
was a performance of dynamism, passion and total empathy: with the music
and with each other. In fact, I'd venture to say you'd be hard
pressed to hear better.
The concert was the last in the present series sponsored, in part, by
Cwpan Aur, a group of five musical friends keen to promote the best
in chamber music, all of them in the audience, and all no doubt delighted
by what they heard. Another series is planned, which is good news for the
denizens of Cardiff, especially as the Reardon Smith Theatre, which is attached
to the National Museum of Wales, is the perfect venue, both acoustically
and in terms of rapprochement between audience and performers.
The Gould Piano Trio
But if you were not one of the hundred or so rapt people in the audience,
all is not lost, for the Gould Trio have recorded both pieces, and they
are available on a single CD. Admittedly, you'll have to forego the
funny faces, but musically you should be in for a treat.
Copyright © 21 March 2003
Rex Harley, Cardiff, UK
THE GOULD PIANO TRIO