Concert reviews 2018

Sunday 1 July 2018

Leonore Piano Trio

Lalo, David Matthews, Suk, Beethoven

This was the first of the season’s Cratfield Concerts, blessed by blue skies and brilliant sunshine. The church was not completely full but the audience were obviously enjoying themselves and a large number of CDs were purchased after the concert to the delight of the Trio. The concert itself was a very Cratfield experience, with rarely heard music, a new composition,  and finishing with a stormy Beethoven Trio. Added to all this were punctuations from Merlin engines at a nearby air display!

The Leonore Trio was playing here for the first time, although Gemma the cellist had been here some years ago. We first heard a rather SchumannesqueTrio by Edouard Lalo, which was rich and warm, followed by a piece by David Matthews with an elegiac adagio dedicated to his late companion. The last movement was rather different and somewhat challenging, but the whole sonata form Trio was very rewarding. We were also lucky enough to have David with us to introduce his work in person.

After the interval (the usual mouthwatering array of cakes from the ladies of the Church) there was a shorter work by Josef Suk, which was a moving elegy to the writer Julius Zeyer. The concert finished with a brilliant early Beethoven Trio harking back to earlier influences and ending with a formidable last presto. I’m sure we all hope to see the Leonore back at Cratfield, they were certainly a fine start to a promising new season.

Pauline Graham

3 July 2018