Atos Trio closes season in Style – Hobart Mercury
The Atos Trio performs their final concert of their International Concert Season tour in Sydney tonight, broadcast live on ABC Classic FM. Tomorrow they head to Mudgee for the annual Huntinton Estate Music Festival, where artists including Ray Chen, violin, John Chen, piano, Amelia Farrugia, soprano, and Ian Munro, piano, are already rehearsing.
The Festival starts on Wednesday, but in the mean time, read what reviewer Peter Donnelly had to say about the Atos Trio in the Hobart Mercury:
“MAKING a first visit to Hobart, the Berlin-based Atos Trio concluded Musica Viva Tasmania’s 2010 season with some stunning playing.
Paul Stanhope’s Piano Trio Doleissimp Uscignolo (Sweetest Nightingale) (2007), inspired by the madrigal by Monteverdi, contains high contrasts, with frenetic, edgy passages surrendering to eerily reflective music. Even in this unfamiliar work, the Atos Trio immediately impressed with wide dynamic range and precision of ensemble.
In Piano Trio No 3 in C minor, Op 101 (1886) by Brahms, muscular strength and richness of expression was contrasted with some refined quiet playing. This surprisingly brief work is one of the composer’s most masterly chamber pieces and the Atos Trio’s performance did not disappoint.
With Schubert’s Piano Trip in B flat major, D898 (1827), the first movement in particular brought wonderfully subtle rubato effects and a delicate interplay between these artists, conveying both warmth and spontaneity. This was a totally sympathetic rendition of this endearing piece.
The encore, the finale from Haydn’s Trio in A major was fast, light and transparent, concluding a superb concert.”