South Bay Chamber Music Society, Pacific Unitarian Church, Rancho Palos Verdes
DAVID J BROWN
|Messiaen in 1945.|
|Clockwise from top left: Dietrich, Brahms, Schumann, Joachim.|
Less forgiveness here for the excerpting: the whole piece lasts only a little over 25 minutes so it would not have made for an inordinately long concert to have played all of it, and the tenderness and fiery attack with which Messrs. Vanhauwaert and Pogossian played, respectively, the Schumann Intermezzo and the Brahms Scherzo only made the loss of Dietrich’s and Schumann’s outer movements the more regrettable. That said, the multiple authorship of the work negates any idea of them being torn from a unified conception, while the Brahms at least was published, and is performed, as a standalone piece.
The second half was entirely taken up by one of the quartet of late Brahms masterpieces inspired by the playing of the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld. This was the Trio in A minor for Clarinet, ‘Cello and Piano Op. 114, the concision of which, especially lacking as it does a repeat of the exposition in the first movement, emphasized how practicable it would have been to include the whole of the F-A-E Sonata.
South Bay Chamber Music Society, Pacific Unitarian Church, RPV, 3pm, Sunday, April 28, 2018.
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