Montrose Trio Sparkles

07.27.15
Montrose Trio
Albuquerque Journal

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has for years presented the very best chamber music performances. Wednesday night’s first Albuquerque concert of the season exemplified that tradition. The Montrose Trio gave a sparkling program of trios by Turina, Beethoven and Brahms.

It would be difficult, even impossible to find fault with the play of this marvelous Trio of veteran musicians. Martin Beaver, violin, and Clive Greensmith, cello, were both members of the former Tokyo String Quartet. New Mexico audiences have long appreciated the artistry of Jon Kimura Parker, most often as a piano soloist. While all are soloists in their own right, they play as a unit melding seamlessly with an impeccable sense of ensemble, giving vibrant performances that let each work reveal itself in all it has to say.

For those knowing what to expect (or what not to expect) the work is full of comical devices not found again until the music of Prokofiev. The Trio demonstrated a spry wit full of eager impatience. The initial leaping figure of the Finale was transformed into clever variations. Here was a performance more full of brilliance and vigor than most recorded versions of the work.

After the break the Montrose Trio tackled Brahms’ first Piano Trio in B major, written in 1854, but revised many years later in 1890. The result is testimony to a youthful Brahms’ passion, albeit filtered through his later experienced ears. The Trio achieved a masterful balance between budding ardor and mature wisdom. Brahms, as the Romantics generally, was continually trying to put the mysterious symbols of nature into his music. 

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