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...finish with a flourish for Selby and Friends final 2014 concert

Adelaide Advertiser
By Peter Burdon

Elder Hall, Sunday November 16

A BIG house for the final concert in Selby and Friends 2014 national series, for three of the best in the chamber repertoire and four friends joining Kathryn Selby for the occasion.

A spring delight to begin with, Mozart’s effervescent Piano Trio No 1 in B-Flat K.254. With Elizabeth Layton (violin) and Julian Smiles (cello), the three whipped their way through this delightful piece, all giving it the light touch that it deserves. While the piano is undoubtedly still the star of the show, at least at this time in Mozart’s output, Selby kept a close grip on the reins, allowing the contribution of the other instruments, even the cello which does little more than double the bass, to shine through.

A greater contrast could hardly be imagined with violist Tobias Breider (principal violist of the SSO) along for Brahm’s superb Piano Quartet in C minor Op.60. What a dark work it is, with its turbulent first movement and the almost demonic scherzo, especially when the rhythm seems to go awry mid-movement where the rising line in the strings pulses against the triplets in the piano. The third movement Andante is one of the glories of the cello repertoire, and Smiles was in the finest form. And Layton and Selby were superb in the finale.

An absolutely glorious performance of Schuerbt’s Trout (with Hugh Klüger on double bass) quintet ended with a flourish, so much so that Breider lost his bow on the final flick! Great fun.

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