Montrose Trio does the classics proud

11.17.15
Montrose Trio
The Buffalo News

Back in 2013, when the Tokyo Quartet disbanded, cellist Clive Greensmith and violinist Martin Beaver began looking for their next artistic adventure. Their collaboration in 2014 with pianist Jon Kimura Parker marked the birth of the Montrose Trio, a group whose performance Tuesday night as part of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s current season was eagerly awaited and worth the wait.

The Beethoven trio was the main focus during the first half of the concert. This early work in the canon had some of the features which could be traced back to Franz Joseph Haydn’s repertoire but it stood apart from that catalog by virtue of Beethoven’s treatment of the instruments, allowing them room to breathe on their own instead of running the violin and cello lines in tandem.

After the intermission, it was time for the piece Kimura Parker referred to as one of the great chamber music works of all time, Brahms’ trio.

This score was originally composed in 1854 but recomposed in 1889. While it occasionally shows up on programs in its more youthful guise, the reworking of the piece is the one most performed and the one that the Montrose Trio chose to cover for the concert.

The resultant score is truly a masterwork – a blend of power, muscle, and grace that needed the touch of the mature composer as a corrective to the talented but untried effort of his youth.

The Montrose Trio did it proud, supplying every ounce of artistry in delivering an impressive performance that would have made the master happy.
 
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