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Dangers Transcended

A concert by Trio Albonata,
enjoyed by GORDON RUMSON


The term piano trio, in general, strikes me as oddly named. The piano can hardly be considered the most important of the instruments. I would hesitate to say even 'first among equals'. The great differences in tonal character and range between the three instruments (piano, violin, and cello) guarantees an audible distinctness that is sometimes lacking in other small ensembles. For example, how often does the viola in a string quartet disappear in the texture? With a trio, each instrument stands out clearly.

For this reason, the successful trio requires musicians of individuality, who are then called upon to blend well in ensemble. The newly formed Trio Albonata amply achieves these requirements.

Each of the musicians, Elizabeth Bergmann (piano), Beth Root Sandvoss (cello), and Annette-Barbara Vogel (violin) are individuals of high calibre and artistic accomplishment. The former two are high profile musicians based in Western Canada and Annette-Barbara Vogel is equally regarded in Eastern Canada (though London, Ontario, her home base, is hardly East in true geographic meaning. For Canadians, anything in Ontario is in the East).

Each brings impressive musicianship and individuality to the stage and they combine well in artistic harmony. There is a fine give and take, plus a thorough awareness of important part or significant line. Further, the structure of the music is always respected.

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Copyright © 11 March 2008 Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Canada


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