Sunday, November 23, 2014

Schubertiade seasoned with Mozart

To the Wimbledon Music Festival last night for a wonderful Schubertiade seasoned with Mozart by The Fibonacci Sequence. This was two concerts with a big interval for dinner.

They began with a one-movement Schubert String Trio (D.471 in B flat) and then a Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor (K.478) which was  a real delight. At a short drinks interval I found I was sitting behind the parents of the Cellist Ben Hughes.  And then we had the sublime Trout Quintet!  The Fibs are incredibly musical and wonderful collaborative musicians - as one would expect from a group directed and pulled together by the great Kathron Sturrock. Both in the Mozart which I didn't know and the Trout which of course I do her wonderful musicality and the keyboard was perfectly complemented by her colleagues. Jack Liebeck and Marije Ploemacher alternated as leaders; Yoko Inoue on Viola (who like Kathron won first prize in a major competition)  and Graham Mitchell on Bass.

After supper the second concert began with an exquisite performance of the Mozart Oboe Quartet in F K370 with the Chris O'Neill giving a flawless performance with his colleagues. Kathron then joined Chris, Julian Farrell (Clarinet), Richard Skinner (Bassoon) and Stephen Stirling (Horn) for K452 which made you understand why Mozart wrote to his father "I myself consider it to be the best thing I have written in my life" (in 1784, so before the great operas but after Symphony 36 and the Piano Concerto 16). The ensemble writing is wonderful and it was played with exquisite sensitivity - four voices and the piano perfectly matched in the best possible operatic ensemble.

And then the astonishing Octet! What can I say, except that it would be hard to imagine a finer performance.

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