It has been 6 years since I last reviewed a coffee concert by the Aquinas Trio. Then I was struck by the expressive delicacy and clarity of their playing. I noted that they play as one, not just with impeccable intonation and perfect ensemble, but in the way they interpret the music: understated but not unfeeling, emotional but not showy. That way of playing More
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Ruth Rogers (violin), Katherine Jenkinson (cello), Martin Cousin (piano). Trios by Haydn (1732-1809) in E major Hob XV:28 (1797), Mendelssohn (1809-1847) No 1 in D minor Op 49 (1839), Robert Schuman (1810-1856) No 2 in F major Op 80 (1847).
Poor Robert Schumann. Having married the love of his life after enduring vindictive opposition, not from his future mother-in-law but her husband, who was his own piano teacher (intimidating or what?), he got a rough old deal More
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Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Piano Trio in E, Hob. XV:28 (1797)
It is easy to undervalue Haydn’s Piano Trios. The string parts often double the keyboard and generally lack the independence found later, say in Beethoven. But for much of his piano trio output, Haydn’s hands were tied by the underpowered keyboards that he was writing for – doubling of the weak keyboard bass line was a necessity. Viewed on their own terms as ‘keyboard sonatas with string accompaniment’, we can enjoy their virtues rather than wishing they were Beethoven. More
Coffee Concert 24th February 2019 – Castalian Quartet with Daniel Lebhardt – Strings Attached Review by Andrew Polmear
Anyone heading for the Attenborough Centre this Sunday looking forward to the Castalian Quartet playing some old favourites – Haydn, Elgar and Brahms – would have been disappointed. A notice in the foyer warned that Daniel Roberts, second violin, was unable to play (a trapped nerve rendered him unable to lift his left arm) and that changes to the programme would be necessary. As it turned out we still got the Brahms piano quintet Opus 34, thanks to the excellent Benjamin Baker on second violin, but instead of Haydn and Elgar More
Sini Simonen (first violin), Benjamin Baker deputising for Daniel Roberts (second violin), Charlotte Bonneton (viola), Christopher Graves (cello). With Daniel Lebhardt (piano).
First half: Schubert String Trio in Bb D471, Mozart String Duo in G K 423, Beethoven String Trio in C minor Opus 9 No 3 – deputising for Haydn Quartet in C Opus 20 No 2, Elgar Quartet in E minor Opus 83. Second half: Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor Op 34.
A trapped nerve More