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Newark Music Club
The Newark music club will be performing numerous concerts this season is a variety of locations within Newark.
Nick N said
Newark Music Club’s 2016/17 season opened with a recital by the Fujita Piano Trio – sisters who have been playing together since early childhood - and it really showed!! Performing entirely from memory, no music in sight, they brought a quite remarkable oneness to the music. Violin family instruments vary considerably in sound, but here Arisa’s Guadagnini violin of 1770 blended beautifully with Honoka’s English ‘cello of similar age. In their treatise on String Quartets from 1936 Aulich and Heimeran warn of the dangers of playing with a piano because of the difficulty of balancing the powerful piano with the lightweight strings. No such problem here. All three instruments were heard clearly despite some real fireworks on the piano from Megumi. What of the music itself? Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven illustrated the development of chamber music over two centuries. First, Haydn’s late trio No.43 in classical fast-slow-fast form with demanding piano passages. The violin often providing embellishments and the ‘cello the supporting bass platform – but very beautifully. Composed in wartime 1944, the Shostakovich trio No.2 in E minor opens with the ‘cello playing muted harmonics high on the fingerboard. When the violin joins in it sounds BELOW the ‘cello and then the piano provides an even lower pitched descending measure in quiet octaves. A driving rhythm builds relentlessly, like a Rossini overture but very differently tonality. The second movement verges on the manic before a beautiful lament slow movement that leads into a finale with a meld of march, folk, bows turned over, pizzicato, rushing piano; thrusting forward then dying, building again and finally dying again. A splendid performance. After the interval came Beethoven’s “Archduke” trio. All one can say here is “Big Tunes” and “Humour”. The Andante movement is probably second only to the Op.130 Cavatina as reward to chamber music players. So well-known it is invidious to comment further. The concert season continues on November 25th in the Palace Theatre with a performance by the Trent Chamber Academy, an orchestra of talented musicians mainly from the internationally renowned Newark School of Violin Making.
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