The first thing I noticed when they walked onto stage was that they all looked really happy to be performing. In the first piece “trio no. V in B-Flat major” by Luigi Boccherini, first movement, Andante, the melody moves you around from instrument to instrument. You can tell who has the melody by hearing who has the most frequently moving part. It is interesting how even though their instruments do not require breathing they still breath at the same time or before they enter with intention.
In the 2nd movement Presto, the pace is fitting to the title. This piece made me think of three siblings that are all playing together. The piano is the youngest, and the cello is the eldest making sure that everything goes swimmingly. The second piece, “Allegretto, WoO 39” by Beethoven was made for a 10 year old girl, who was taught by Beethoven, to try to get her to practice. The timbre of the cello really comes to life in the lower notes.
All of the performers are very confident in their separate parts. Which made it sound great and cohesive in some weird way. I can see how this piece could have started out as a piano practicing piece.
In the piece, “14 variations, Op 44” by Beethoven, after listening to the piece in its entirety, I heard the variations throughout. The beginning sounded like it was all coming from the same instrument. The pianist was very fluid. There was a part toward the middle that was a very fast violin solo and i was mesmerized by the violinist because of the fact that it was so fast and he was able to fit his “vibrato” into the tiny space of time he had.
I was impressed that even though there was no one keeping time up front, that they were all staying perfectly together even through the retardos and everything. I saw the cellist and violinist meet eyes before entrances. This piece seems like a call and response between the piano and violin/cello. I love the sound of a plucked string so when i heard that.
The final piece, “Trio in A minor” by Maurice Ravel, first movement Modere, had a dance style that was reflective of France. Even though I knew that violin and cello were only an octave apart it still made me feel clustered. You could tell that there was tragedy happening at the time of the composition as well as hostility and mourning. I liked part where the violin played the melody and then the cello picked up from the same note and carried it through. I also enjoy the “voice crossing” between the cello and violin. The second movement Passacaille: Tres Large, seemed like more a transition piece that prepared us for the finale. The beginning was a nice timbre for the cello and violin. After a while the piano became the background music. This piece sounded as if it was about someone being told that a loved one has passed and the person trying to cope with the news. This piece also had a lot of sequencing. The Finale: Anime was the most orchestral of all of the pieces that were played that night. This was also the most intense of all. The violin was playing so high that it was hard for me to enjoy the music because it was hurting my ears. Overall the performance was breathtaking and i did not regret going at all. Strings are by far my favorite instrument to listen to. It has never been unpleasant to my ear except for the violin at those high frequencies.