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So, onto the music I heard them perform in London. Haydn's Gypsy Trio is
a majestic curtain raiser, and their rendering possessed all the tenderness and
vivacity which wholly satisfied those cognoscenti from the Arts, Radio and Television
world who had the pleasure of listening to them for the very first time. I was
speedily made aware of rich, firm tonal assurance by each player, and the way they
skilfully blended together.
Brahms' Trio in C major, Op 87 is surely one of the most daring and brilliant
chamber works from this composer's pen. It combines the kind of sweeping virtuosity
and ardency that defies his detractors, who still firmly believe that every one of
his pieces scored from three to six contestants takes on the aura and dimensions
of his orchestral works. This is pure, unadulterated nonsense, as the music in
question cries out for an ideal balance between parties, and a full sense of
poetic and dramatic values in the long spells of melody and development. It was
totally realised here in one of the finest renderings I have ever heard.
Sxhubert's Trio in B flat major Op 99 has a different set of requirements:
notably in the Viennese subtleties of phrasing, and the typical nuances that
add up to a style of performance where the composer's highly personal rubato
plays a leading part. Perhaps the heat of the room -- by this time not contributing
to allowing string players to keep their instruments in tune all the time -- made
the performance rather heavy, a little inflexible in rhythmic values and continuity
of line, but this is unnecessary quibbling on my part!
Indeed, our new Trio is a thing to cherish. Several professional musicians
already regard them as the finest around, and their
tour itinerary, in addition to the nine events either completed or about to take
place, is growing by each day. The Conway Hall Chamber Music Series has booked them
for the Autumn of 2004, and a 'first' CD is promised in Prague for this year as well.
I will be reporting with eagerness about all future happenings. Of course,
everyone who has a high grade interest in the performance of classical music now
realises that the focus has finally shifted onto the gifted cross-section of
chamber groups on the international scene. Already I am firmly convinced that
the Rosamunde Trio will hold their heads high in this respect, by conveying
music's truths and delights to their mass audiences.
Copyright © 5 January 2004
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK