It is a testament to the outstanding musicianship and programmes of the Seraphim Trio that their regular concerts are so well-patronised in Ballarat. Chamber music becomes an exhilarating event for the audience when performed in such spectacular fashion as last Tuesday in the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Book-ending the late Mozart trio K452 with Beethoven's "Kakadu" Variations and the "Archduke"Trio was a masterstroke of programming. This is the eighteenth century Classical style at its finest, with the three musicians having significant roles throughout while exploring the dramatic journey presented by sonata, rondo and variation forms. The ensemble work, balance of parts and musical conversations between players was very well thought out and prepared.
The performance of Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio summed up the concert. Here was a familiar, established piece of chamber music sounding as fresh and invigorating as his rarely heard Ten Variations on "Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu", performed earlier in the evening.
The textures of sound achieved by Helen Ayres(violin), Tim Nankervis('cello) and pianist Ann Goldsworthy demonstrate how the unexpected combinations can sound so natural.
Goldsworthy will perform Schubert, Beethoven and Liszt at the Don Huntley Memorial Piano Recital on May 2nd in the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts.