Kapten Trio’s sparkling sounds

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There were virtuosic fireworks during piano trios of music by Beethoven, Debussy, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.

A good-sized audience in Lorne and Lowland church hall were captivated  last Friday evening at the Kapten Piano Trio performance.

Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio op 70 no 1 opened with its eerily written slow movement which gives the work its nickname.

This was followed by Debussy’s Piano Trio in G major, L. 5, an early work, written when the composer was about 18-years-old.

Although it is an immature work it shows signs of what Debussy was to become in later years and was a charming piece.

In the second half, the Trio played Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1, op 8, which, like the Debussy, was written in 1923 when the composer was very young, in this case 16 years old.

It’s a much darker work than the Debussy, hardly surprising as it was written in 1923, in post-revolutionary Russia.

There were food and fuel shortages and Shostakovich was recuperating, in a sanatorium, after an operation for lymph glands tuberculosis. Like the Debussy, it foreshadows the composer’s later development.

The final was Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No.1 op 49, described by Schumann as ‘The master trio of our age.’

The powerful opening movement was followed by a beautiful andante, the scherzo recalled the fairies and woodland scenes of his Midsummer Night’s dream incidental music.

Both it and the finale provided the virtuosic fireworks, particularly in the piano writing – Mendelssohn was a superb pianist himself.

The Kapten Trio engaged with the audience, both through their passionate playing and their well thought out introductions to each work.

A great evening’s entertainment.