This was a vintage concert for the Society: a good audience richly entertained by brilliant young musicians playing lesser known pieces composed by three great masters in the classical genre. Starting off with Schumann’s trio so lovingly written for his wife Clara in the early years of their marriage, each musician soon gave evidence of their particular talent. Alexander Sitkovetsky came up with the most beautiful violin tone, particularly in the quieter passages, with Isang Enders responding with the same sensitivity on the cello. Wu Qian meanwhile on the piano effortlessly switched from bravura moments to melting softness of touch.
The Arensky trio that followed was just as good, making an unanswerable case for this lovely piece which should surely be heard more often. It left the audience purring with pleasure, with many requests for the CDs the players were selling in person during the interval. And finally Tchaikovsky’s Trio; a sprightly opening theme followed by eleven variations including a waltz and mazurka. Lots of energy here, with the piano positively thundering when this was required. Warmly and justly applauded, the control and general artistry these superb young musicians displayed at every stage made for an unforgettable evening.