Chichester Music Society: The Rosamunde Trio

The Rosamunde Trio played Schubert and Tchaikovsky at the Chichester Music Society concert on 18 October at the University of Chichester. This was an evening to remember where the beauty of the music was absolutely matched by the technical expertise of the players. 

The concert opened with Schubert’s Piano Trio No 1 in B Flat D898. The piece was written in 1827 towards the end of the composer’s life, and is known for its beautiful late romantic fabric, lyrical, sensuous, and bright. The Trio with Martino Tirimo [piano], Ben Sayevich [violin], and Daniel Veis [cello] revealed a total togetherness in their playing, and their animated treatment captured the vibrancy of the music with skilled handling of the composer’s creation. They brought out the genius of Schubert by executing the music so flawlessly.

After the interval the Trio turned to Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A Minor Opus 50. This is a tantalising piece that was written in “memory of a great artist” (the composer’s friend, pianist Nikolai Rubenstein). The work is unusual in that it is in two movements, both rather different to each other. The Trio’s animated treatment of the music captured the vibrancy and rhythms of the piece, with deft handling of the challenging notation. The evening will be remembered by the freshness of the sound and spontaneity of the Trio’s playing, which was particularly impressive in a programme of this variety and complexity. The audience was fully appreciative.

Chris Hough, Chairman of CMS said, “What a privilege it was for us to hear such contrasting music of joy and despair, all woven together with technical brilliance and sensitivity, beautifully balanced between three so talented musicians.”

Chris Linford

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