Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The new SeatonMusic season got off to a flying start on Thursday with a visit from The Schubert Ensemble, one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings.
The ensemble regularly gives more than 50 concerts a year, commissions dozens of new works, and has an impressive recorded legacy.
The evening began with the sumptuous Faure Piano Quintet Op15, played with great delicacy followed by a brand new work, heard only for the second time in public, Colin Matthews’ Nowhere to Hide for piano trio.
This deeply-felt work, partly inspired by the death of the American composer Elliott Carter, modulated between elegiac and restless moods, and left a lasting impression upon the Town Hall audience.
After the interval, we were treated to Brahms’ Piano Quartet in A major. The slow third movement in particular brought an intensity of playing rarely seen at this venue.
The concert was enhanced by interesting talks by the players prior to the works being performed.
All in all, an impressive start to the concert season and somewhat of a privilege to attend.
The season continues with a piano recital by exciting newcomer Alicia Chaffey on the Thursday, November 14, at 7.30pm in Seaton Town Hall.