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Music review: Selby and friends at Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square

November 13, 2014 - 1:27PM

Reviewed by Martin Duffy 

MUSIC SELBY AND FRIENDS ★★★★ Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, November 12

The consistent quality of Kathryn Selby's concerts make her offerings always something to anticipate. Her final programme for 2014 utilised ever-expanding forces – piano trio, became quartet, and finally quintet – with Selby firmly at the heart of each ensemble. 

From its opening flourish Mozart's Piano Trio No 1 Divertimento in B flat K 254 showed the clarity of Selby's fleet finger work, her marvellous articulation and feel for classical phrasing. Cellist Julian Smiles was relegated to mostly doubling the piano left hand, but violinist Elizabeth Layton had a more developed contribution including a beautiful lyrical exchange in the Adagio. 

Like much of his oeuvre, Brahms Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor Op 60 was the subject of much revision and angst over an extended period. Violist Tobias Breider added darkness to its string ensemble, who worked well together in opposition to Selby's piano in the outer movements. Smiles' excellent cello opening of the Andante lead into a rapturous duet with Layton's violin, accompanied by restrained legato piano. Brahms proved to be the high point of the programme.

Schubert's Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, Op 114 is known as The Trout after his own popular song. Soprano Taryn Fiebig was a surprise addition to the programme priming the audience with a clear, bright exposition of the original vocal. Best in the works Scherzo, double bassist Hugh Kluger may have been at a disadvantage in this hall, his vital underpinning sometimes struggling to project as clearly as the rest of the ensemble.

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