Adelaide Advertiser Tour 5

REVIEW: Pianist Kathryn Selby calls in Sophie Rowell and Julian Smiles for Selby and Friends concert

Selby and Friends

Elder Hall

Sunday, November 3


Pianist Kathryn Selby called in best friends Sophie Rowell and Julian Smiles to complete her trio for the current tour.

Rowell is no stranger to leadership. As current custodian of our state owned 1751 JB Gudagnini violin, she fronted our Australian String Quartet. Smiles and his 1827 Lorenzo Ventapane cello are in the very top (and tiny) rank of Australia's chamber cellists.

Both know what to do with a good tune. Both did, many times over, in a program labelledThree Shades of Melody.

Not that Rowell needed to do much leading, apart from starts and finishes. These three players were as one on all matters musical.

The strings sang sweetly with and to each other in the slow second movement of Beethoven's very early but well formed Piano Trio in E Flat Major Op 1 No. 1, the ensemble clearly enjoyed the jokes of the tonally teasing opening to the scherzo and the coy, till-ready leaps of the finalpresto.

Dvorak writes lots of lovely stuff for the cello into his Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor Op 90. Smiles was on top of all the folk based melodies. The more soulful, the more he sighed. In the allegroit was Rowell's turn to be eloquent and the Friends leapt with alacrity into the final vivace with its natty theme that sounds equally jolly in major or minor.

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