Trio Dali reviewed in Sydney Morning Herald
Transcendent trio paint a beautiful picture
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald
May 23, 2012
In the last movement of his Piano Trio in E flat, Opus 100, Schubert creates the most enigmatic moment from the simplest of ideas, ushering back, into this sprawling finale of high spirited cheer, the exquisitely melancholy theme of his second movement.
Beethoven had sometimes referred to earlier movements just before the finale but not with such inner, personal intent. Whether this is a reference to the words of the Swedish song on which the tune, according to one anecdote, is based (“the sun is going down” – meaning the trio is about to end), a deeply personal association, or just because Schubert liked it remains a mystery.
Whatever its significance, Trio Dali made it an intensely special moment, like a sad thought that won’t go away, even in moments of happiness.
Part of its special impact was due to the memory of their stunningly beautiful performance earlier of the second movement itself, with phrases shaded with subtle tenderness, and the greatest sensitivity to comely shape and nuance.
Pianist Amandine Savary established the quiet march with hushed precision, while cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca projected the main idea with haunting distinctiveness but no ostentation.
This group is notable for the way three highly individual musical personalities come together with shared focus and common conception, and for the brilliant precision and clarity with which they articulate this.
Earlier in the slow third movement of Ravel’s Piano Trio, they had handed the quiet theme from bass to treble like a sacred thought, violinist Vineta Sareika breathing life into it to sustain the line over many phrases. The first movement was clear in texture but veiled and dreamy in mood, while the second and the last were brilliantly incisive.
Gordon Kerry’s Im Winde (Piano Trio No.2), taking its title from a Holderlin poem, starts off in fragmentary gestures, with some thoughts broken off and others flying into the ether, before warmer more consolidated music establishes itself.
Trio Dali have a capacity to follow ideas through with such commitment that the trajectory continues beyond the end of a phrase, and this animated Kerry’s elusive music with aspiration, yearning and inner life.