"Pianist Kathryn Selby fills City Recital Hall concert with romance" - Cumberland Press

Pianist Kathryn Selby fills City Recital Hall concert with romance

STEVE MOFFATTMANLY DAILYJULY 15, 2013 5:03PM

Pianist Kathryn Selby. Picture: Danielle Butters. News Limited. Source: News Limited

THERE was plenty of romance in the air when Kathryn Selby sat down at the Steinway piano for the latest of her Selby and Friends concerts at City Recital Hall Angel Place.

She led her audience through a trio of works by three favourite 19th century composers - Grieg, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Accompanied by two Finns in Australian Chamber Orchestra's principal cellist Timo-Veikko Valve and Vesa-Matti Leppanen concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Selby brought her characteristic mixture of informality and impeccable musicianship to a highly enjoyable program.

Grieg's Andante con moto got the evening under way with its mixture of Norwegian folk tunes and high romance. Mendelssohn's piano trio No.2 - so lovely that it made me wonder why we don't hear it performed more - showed that Selby's moveable feast of guest musicians can jell just as well as an established trio.

The highlight of the concert, however, was Brahms's piano trio in B major Op 8.

Brahms wrote this work as a 21-year-old but went back to it 35 years later and revised it.

Again the three musicians were on top form. Valve is well known to Sydney audiences but Leppanen is less so. This was a great opportunity to see a violinist who has played alongside some of the world's top musicians, including Pinchas Zukerman, Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn.

Next up in her excellent series Selby is joined by concertmaster of the Israeli Philharmonic Ilya Konovalov for works by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Peter Sculthorpe. Sydney dates are 2pm on Sunday, September 22, at Turrumurra Uniting Church and 7pm on Thursday, September 26, at City Recital Hall.

DETAILS

CONCERT: Selby and Friends

WHERE: City Recital Hall

WHEN: Thursday, July 4

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