Melbourne Piano Trio
Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
THERE were many splashes of pink in the audience at this Mother’s Day concert by Melbourne Piano Trio in support of the work of Breast Cancer Network Australia. Celebrating their first anniversary as an ensemble, the trio treated mothers to staples of the piano trio repertoire including works by Ravel, Mozart, Brahms and Dvorak.
Like much of Ravel’s relatively small output of chamber music his Piano Trio in A Minor extends the traditional constraints, employing new techniques and harmonic language. The trio gave a passionate reading with many fine moments throughout, including Howlett’s solos in the Passacaille and the virtuosic opportunities of the finale.
Mozart’s Piano Trio in G Major, K496 was a change of pace giving the players the opportunity to enjoy some lighter moments.
Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 was given full weight with its dramatic moments forceably brought to bear ahead of its thrilling finale. The dynamic range throughout was impressive. The potential of this ensemble was further evident with the encore of the slow movement of Dvorak’s Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65