"FINNS CHARM WITH SELBY", North Shore Times

FINNS CHARM WITH SELBY
Trio gives seamless show

North Shore Times

by Ken Healey

Mendelssohn rather than Brahms was, surprisingly, the star composer when Selby and Friends played at the City Recital Hall on July 4.

Pianist Kathryn Selby befriended a twinning of Finns, violinist Vesa-Matti Leppanen, concert master [sic] of the NZSO and Timo-Veikko 'Tipi' Valve, principal cello from the ACO.

Their ensemble was seamless from the opening of a single movement by Grieg, which was chosen, as Leppanen joked, because they could not find a suitable Finnish piece.

Humour yielded to ravishing lyricism in the inner movements of the four-movement Trio no 2 in C minor by Mendesssohn. The elegant first and fourth movements were also relished by players and audience alike.

After interval one expected even bigger things from the Trio in B major, Op 8, of Brahms.

Only in volume and length did the Brahms prevail.

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