The Times wrote, “The top-ranking players of Trio Gaspard cherish Haydn’s every twist and turn”, and it was exactly what we heard in their Haydn pieces. Their artistic and expressive twists and turns made every moment of their performance interesting, while their positivity towards joyful music-making was infectious. Skalkottas’ Variations was full of life with so many strong, vivid colours powerfully sparkling. The performance of Leonid Gorokhov’s short work For Gaspard was a world-premiere – what an honour to be chosen for this occasion.
The recital concluded with my beloved Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 2. The moment the music started it was as if the trio’s sound was crawling across the ground to almost swallow the audience; which sent shivers through me. Obviously, the trio had this piece at their fingertips - superbly controlled but not clinical, passionately embracing but not suffocating. Another Breinton bucket list item was ticked off this evening!