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17 NOVEMBER 2013

ALBANY PIANO TRIO - Pippa Harrison (Piano), Gemma Sharples (Violin) and Verity Evanson (Cello)

Cromer Music Evenings have again brought to Templewood an ensemble of young musicians of the highest calibre, forming the Albany Piano Trio.

The Trio, after a busy summer coaching in the south of France, as musicians in residence at Abbeyfield House, Kew, and performing around the UK in festivals as part of Live Music Now are today here in North Norfolk playing in the Music Room at Templewood.

Mozart’s Piano Trio in E major K542 opened the concert - immediately it was very obvious that here was an ensemble of sheer musicality, technical skill, total rapport between each player, which was maintained throughout the next two movements.

In complete contrast, two pieces by the composer Lili Boulanger, who died at the age of 24 years. The two works were written just before her death, namely A Sad Evening and Spring Morning, both being in impressionistic style and texture and very much influenced by Debussy’s writings with dissonant harmonies, majestic chord clusters deep in the bass register supported the most beautiful melodic lines shared by both violin and cello. The wonderful compositions surely ‘painted’ the meanings of these two works through the medium of music.

Turina Joaquin’s Circulo Op 91 in three movements, but played through without breaks - titled Dawn Sun Up, Day Unfolding and Fiesta - all having a true Spanish flavour. Again such a descriptive work which invites the listener to imagine what they will.

Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C minor Op 1 No 3 confirmed that these young artists were fully in control in a great variety of styles, rhythms, interpretations and whatever the composer demands. The performance of this work was superb in every movement and a testimony that portrays the wonderful work that is going on in producing young people with such consummate skills.

Their efforts today resulted in rapturous applause which was answered with an encore - Pennies from Heaven - which included a 16 bar improvisation (violin) in the style of the great Stefan Grappelli - wonderful indeed!

Terry Keeler
18 November 2013
Tel 01263 513273