Tour 2, 2013 - Manly Daily, Sydney

Selby & Friends continue evolution at City Recital Hall

by Steve Moffatt, Manly Daily

First, Last and Only
City Recital Hall, Angel Place - 11 April 2013

One of the pleasures of going to a Selby and Friends concert is the ever-changing line-up of musicians.

Since her regular collaborators from Trioz, violinist Niki Vasilakis and cellist Emma-Jane Murphy, have taken a break from performing Selby has lined up a veritable smorgasbord of guests – some of them familiar to Sydney audiences, others less so.

For her latest tour she has two major talents in Sydney-based violinist Susie Park, who has featured as a soloist with several leading international orchestras, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s principal cellist Timo-Veikko Valve.

The three jelled nicely in a program high in entertainment value.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s Trio No.1 was written when the Russian composer was 17 and in love, and bears only a passing resemblance to his distinctive mature style. Romantic and lyrical, with constant shifts of mood and form, there are hints of his trademark irony, all exploited to the full by Selby and her cohorts.

This pleasant hors d’oeuvre made way for the more substantial, lush piano trio by Maurice Ravel.

After a rather hesitant start by the string players this work soon gathered momentum and assurance, especially in the noble pasacaille movement.

But the highlight of the night was their handling of Franz Schubert’s Piano trio No.2 in E flat major, composed only weeks before the composer’s death and one of the few works he heard performed in public.

Selby led from the keyboard in sparkling form and with all the authority of one recognised for her contribution to music in the recent honours list.

This article was sourced from the Manly Daily.

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