Chopin’s birthday live performance brings out the chums once more

Penelope Thwaites (piano), Kirsten Williams (violin) and Patrick Suthers (cello). Photograph: Peter Hislop.

Music / “Chopin’s Birthday Live performance”. At All Saints Church, Ainslie, February 19.  Reviewed by LEN POWER.

In addition to celebrating composer, Fryderyk Chopin’s, birthday, the Associates of Chopin had been celebrating their return after three years of hibernation as a result of covid.

Their program of works by Mozart and, after all, Chopin included a brand new work commissioned three years in the past from pianist, Penelope Thwaites. There have been three high-calibre performers, together with Thwaites, with Kirsten Williams, violin, and Patrick Suthers, cello. It actually was a celebration to the facility of ”3”.

The live performance started with Mozart’s “Piano Trio No. 3 in B Flat”. Composed in 1786 it’s carried out on piano, violin and cello in three actions. The primary motion was notable for its brightness and the second was reflective with lovely melodies. The brightness returned with the third motion and completed dramatically. The trio performed it delightfully.

Thwaites then performed Chopin’s “Ballade No. 2 in F Main”. Composed in 1839, the quiet opening passages led right into a dramatic part stuffed with emotion after which subsided into a fragile and delicate ending. Thwaites performed it fantastically.

Components of this ballade and music from the ballet “Les Sylphides” impressed Thwaites’ writing of the commissioned work “Mazurka: Au Tombeau de Chopin”. Her skilful composing produced a extremely satisfying work that began quietly with the cello and led right into a dramatic passionate dance stuffed with emotion. It ended as quietly because it had begun. This memorable work proved to be the spotlight of the live performance.

The ultimate work introduced was Chopin’s Piano Trio In G minor. Revealed in 1829, it was the primary time Chopin included a violin in his work. It begins dramatically and has a lovely third motion stuffed with emotion resulting in an ending stuffed with brightness. Performed very nicely by the trio, it was the proper finish to a effective live performance.

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Ian Meikle, editor