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Concert Review: Trio Threed at Trinity Church, NYC 2/26/09

There was a nip in the air, but inside the church the atmosphere was beckoning and warm – just as it should be. In yet another demonstration of the parish’s dedication to bringing strikingly diverse and often brilliant music programming to the downtown community, Trio Threed, a new wind ensemble including oboeists Kathy Halvorson and Mark Snyder as well as English horn player/oboeist Katie Scheele, treated the afternoon crowd to a seamless program of old and new material.


They opened with German baroque composer Johann Quantz’s Sonata in D Major, K. 46. Quantz, a flutist, wrote mainly for that instrument, but this five-segment partita had more of an orchestral feel. Its best sections were its upbeat, Vivaldiesque opening prelude and the plaintive aria that followed. Beethoven’s Trio for Two Oboes and English Horn, Op. 87 was next, warmly atmospheric with a similar baroque feel. From the opening largo through the rather boisterous adagio that closed the piece, the group maintained a fluid, conversational legato even in its sparser passages. As often is the case with new groups, it’s apparent why they play so well together: they clearly enjoy each other’s company, and this carried over to the audience.


A trio originally written for 3 flutes by Russian composer Alexander Tcherepnin proved amusing and silly in places with its romping oompah melody; Gordon Jacob’s Two Pieces for Two Oboes and Cor Anglais was a gorgeous, obviously more modern work. It was an auspicious way for the trio onstage to go out: an atmospheric, circular, Alpine intro, followed by a brief, lively dance ending on a somewhat stark, adagio note, then bitter and restless but eventually rising to a clever, playful, rapidfire chase sequence. The group played with an effortless dexterity, as if the piece had been written for them. If chamber music is your thing, keep your eye on this talented trio.


February 26, 2009 - Posted by | Live Events, Music, music, concert, New York City, review, Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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