Review: Chichester Music Society – Pavlos Carvalho and friends

Miriam Teppich (violin), Pavlos Carvalho (cello), Jakob Fichert (piano), 7 February

Pavlos Carvalho (cello), together with old friends Miriam Teppich (violin) and Jacob Fichert (piano) were reunited on 7th February at a Chichester Music Society event for what turned out to be a wonderful concert! Introducing the trio, Pavlos recalled when the three got to know each other during their college days. Whilst he and Miriam regularly make music together with Ensemble Reza, this was the first time since then that they had played together. The result was wonderful performances.  Exceptional in every way, both in individual musicianship and a finely balanced ensemble, where every detail could be heard, every musical dialogue relished.

Their programme was also exceptional. The first half starting with a rarely heard Schubert Notturno, followed by one of the most treasured works for Piano Trio, Mendelssohn’s First Piano Trio in D minor Op.49. This lovely piece with its many song-like melodies, exuberant light textures and passionate moments, was a joy from start to finish. Introducing the piece Pavlos mentioned that this music was well known, a favourite of musicians & audiences alike.  In the hands of this trio, the music sounded fresh and alive, engaging and delightful.

The second half of the concert was devoted to the Piano Trio in A minor by Ravel. This made a wonderful contrast to the Mendelssohn, with its ‘twentieth-century harmonics and textural innovations’  providing markedly different demands for the performers. The many challenges presented to the players were brilliantly overcome in a passionate & virtuosic performance!

The audience was generous in its applause, fully appreciating their privilege in enjoying music-making at the highest level.

Chris Hough

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