Kathryn Selby is drawing on top musicians from far and wide for her concert tour

The Wentworth Courier
September 05, 2012
by Steve Moffatt

City Recital Hall Angel Place, Tuesday, September 4

Now that her all-female Trioz is in recess due to family reasons, leader and founder pianist Kathryn Selby has had to cast a wide net to get up her first-class concert series at the City Recital Hall Angel Place.

Her faithful supporters are being treated to a variety of quality chamber musicians, mainly home grown but occasionally from overseas.

For her latest concert she was joined by three exceptional string players for a program of richly melodic music covering three centuries.

Violinist Elizabeth Layton is an impeccably credentialled recent addition to the Australian music scene. Formerly leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a regular with the Nash Ensemble, she has worked with a who's who of chamber musicians, starting at 12 with a concert playing alongside Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin.

Layton moved to Adelaide with her family in 2010 and she will be appearing here with Selby again in next year's series.

Also on stage for this program of Mozart, Dvorak, Mahler and Australian composer Paul Stanhope was emerging young violist and composer Glen Donnelly. He helped found the annual Crossroads Festival on the Central Coast where he was born.

He is currently studying in London.

Lastly there was Julian Smiles, cellist with the Goldner String Quartet and a veteran of countless guest orchestral gigs. He showed why he is considered one of our finest in the beautifully-nuanced solo passages of the slow movement of the Dvorak E flat major quartet.

Selby, as always, led with style and bravura in the impassioned and rhythmic Dvorak, and with bright and finely articulated flourishes in Mozart's E flat work.

Mahler's juvenile quartet movement in A minor, written when he was 16, shows the composer just beginning to shake off the influence of Brahms and find his own voice.

The Stanhope work, My Song Is Love Unknown, based on a hymn tune by John Ireland, showed off the performers' excellent ensemble work and attention to detail.

Next up Selby appears with Trioz cellist Emma-Jane Murphy and former Australian String Quartet leader Natsuko Yoshimoto in a program of works by Beethoven, Mozart, Halvorsen and Smetana.

The concert is on Sunday, October 14, at 2pm at Uniting Church, Turramurra, and Monday, October 15, at 7pm at Angel Place.

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