Nicholas Yonge Society

Chamber Music in Lewes

10th November 2017

Sandström 4 Pieces ( 2012)
Beethoven Trio Op. 70/ 1 "Ghost"
Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor Op. 50 

Trio con Brio in performance 

Not many concerts begin with ppp harmonics high on the strings so that the audience was hardly aware that it had begun.  The four Sandström pieces written for the Trio con Brio immediately held our attention through many varied sounds and moods, all exquisitely played by this superb Trio. 

Moving on to the Beethoven with its powerful beginning quickly giving way to the wonderful soulful melody on the cello, this was a beautiful performance from all the performers playing as one unit, so well do they understand each other.  They brought out the passion and drama of the work, not least in the slow movement, maintaining the long drawn-out phrases with a spell-binding intensity, before rejoicing in the expansive last movement.

The Tchaikovsky found the Trio in brilliant form again, exploiting the wide range of sounds from each instrument, from the strong melodic first movement to the variations which follow.  Never did the piano drown the strings as can so easily happen with so many notes to play, and the shimmering fingers flying pianissimo over the keys in the second variation was a memorable moment.  This fine performance sent many of the audience queueing to buy the CD after the concert.

No wonder the Trio con Brio has already won so many awards and ecstatic reviews.  Those who have not yet heard them have missed a great musical experience.

Reviewer: Sylvia Coward
Photographer: David James