The Age - Tour 5

Music
Selby and Friends
Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Wednesday 30 October 7.30pm
Martin Duffy Reviewer
Rating: ****
For the final concert of her eponymous annual series pianist Kathryn Selby was joined
by long-time collaborators violinist Sophie Rowell and cellist Julian Smiles. The
dedicated audience for this series continues to grow attracted no doubt by the
consistent quality of the music making. As dusk settled gently over the adjoining
Yarra, Deakin Edge proved a delightful venue in which to enjoy some excellent
chamber music.
An unexplained change to the advertised program saw John Ireland’s Phantasie Trio
replaced by another rarity, *Circulo* from Spaniard Joaquin Turina. His final piano
trio follows a three-movement form depicting the progress of a single day. Although
technically secure the engagement with its essential Spanish flavour sometimes felt
more intellectual than visceral.
Selby is very much the musical compass of the ensemble, clearly outlining from the
outset her approach to Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E flat major, Opus 1 No 1. Happily
it was a course that found marvellous sympathy amongst her fellow performers in
emulating her clear bravura passagework, the beautiful unfolding of the slow
movement and their shared efforts in establishing the character of the final Presto.

Music - The Age

Selby and Friends

Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Wednesday 30 October 7.30pm

Martin Duffy Reviewer

Rating: ****

For the final concert of her eponymous annual series pianist Kathryn Selby was joined

by long-time collaborators violinist Sophie Rowell and cellist Julian Smiles. The

dedicated audience for this series continues to grow attracted no doubt by the

consistent quality of the music making. As dusk settled gently over the adjoining

Yarra, Deakin Edge proved a delightful venue in which to enjoy some excellent

chamber music.

An unexplained change to the advertised program saw John Ireland’s Phantasie Trio

replaced by another rarity, *Circulo* from Spaniard Joaquin Turina. His final piano

trio follows a three-movement form depicting the progress of a single day. Although

technically secure the engagement with its essential Spanish flavour sometimes felt

more intellectual than visceral.

Selby is very much the musical compass of the ensemble, clearly outlining from the

outset her approach to Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E flat major, Opus 1 No 1. Happily

it was a course that found marvellous sympathy amongst her fellow performers in

emulating her clear bravura passagework, the beautiful unfolding of the slow

movement and their shared efforts in establishing the character of the final Presto.

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