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Tour 1, 2015 The Age Review

The Sydney Morning Herald
By Martin Duffy
Deakin Edge, Federation Square, 11 February 2015

Returning to Deakin Edge for a ninth successive season of chamber music, pianist Kathryn Selby was joined by friends Natalie Chee (violin), Clancy Newman (cello) and Hector McDonald (french horn). Minor keys featured in this program with each work linked to a close bereavement in their respective composer's life.

Arvo Part's Mozart-Adagio for violin, cello and piano is based on the melancholic middle movement of Mozart's Piano Sonata in F major, K 280 augmented by a brief introduction, interlude and coda.  Strings first assert, then distance themselves from the dominant F minor tonality before ushering in the piano with its familiar Siciliano rhythm and minor second theme.  Remaining respectful of its classical antecedents, this performance embraced Part's quest for deeper pathos in his use of added dissonance.

Mendelssohn's Sonata for Cello and Piano No 2 in D major, Op 58 impressed for the unanimity of approach from both artists – uncompromisingly ardent in its opening, a mischievous scherzo and Selby's superbly voiced Adagio chorale marvellously introducing Newman's exquisite, lyric cello.

Tragedy is never far from the surface in Smetana's Piano Trio in G minor, op 15.  From the outset of her wrenching, low chromatic solo violin opening Chee impressed with her projection and evenness of tone, presiding over seamless changes of tempi and mood.
Despite the heft of the music, Selby's sensitive approach to accompaniment was best in Brahms' Trio for Piano, Violin and Horn in E flat major, Op 40, allowing space for beautifully phrased exchanges between Chee and McDonald.

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