REVIEW: Fournier Piano Trio at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Fournier Piano Trio
City Museum and Art Gallery
One performance only
WHEN the Fournier Trio first played in the city, they were truly impressive then.
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But their return revealed a maturity in the performance, and an even greater insight into the writing, which so effectively combined the freshness and impetuosity of youth with a well-studied intellectual approach beyond their age.
Opening with Arensky's First Piano Trio, the lush romanticism was there in every bar, yet never mere mawkish sentimentality – an easy mistake, yet crucial to avoid in such evocative writing.
From the almost symphonic sound of the outer movements, the limpid quality of the scherzo and the heartfelt emotion of the Elegia, here was a masterful reading to cherish.
Ravel's Piano Trio is a more challenging work in every way, making even greater demands on each player, the pianist in particular.
Yet the bristling technical difficulties were just cast aside in a wonderful performance which was all about the sheer beauty and variety of the composer's writing and often exotic soundscape, but with the music at the forefront every time.
From the first bar of the Arensky to the tumultuous close of the Ravel, here was playing of the very highest order from a dedicated and talented ensemble that now has the proven potential to make a significant impression in what is still a crowded market-place.