Tour 5 2015, Basically Beethoven #2, Adelaide Advertiser

All-Beethoven program for Selby & Friends’ final concert

November 26, 2015 5:40pm

Peter Burdon The Advertiser

Pianist Kathryn Selby joined Dale Barltrop (violin) and Timo-Veikko Valve (cello) on stage.

THE final concert in the popular Selby & Friends series featured Kathryn Selby with two eminent friends indeed in an all-Beethoven program.

The trio of Selby, Dale Barltrop (violin) and Timo-Veikko Valve (cello) began together in the early Allegretto in E flat major, a pleasant trifle, brightly performed, but really only a curtain-raiser.

Barltrop then starred in the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10 in G major, a very mature work demonstrating Beethoven’s mastery of both instruments. This was of special interest to local audiences ahead of Barltrop’s debut in the Australian String Quartet’s leader’s chair in 2016, and affirmed his chamber credentials in no uncertain terms.

Timo-Veikko Valve, much respected Principal Cello with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, likewise impressed with a stylish and insightful performance in theSonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A major, effortlessly scaling the considerable technical and interpretative heights of this rarely-heard piece.

The hero, however, was the “Archduke’’ Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 97. Selby was in fine form in the majestic allegro moderato, clearly and firmly stating the themes that are so beautifully elaborated by the strings.

All three let fly in the scherzo, with both string soloists full of vigour, bows leaping skywards at every up-bowed opportunity. The slow movement was especially beautiful, and the final allegro moderato given all the verve it deserves, and then some.

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