Sunday, 4 January 2015

January Lights

Busch Ensemble (Wigmore Hall)
The dark days of January need cheer desperately, and the three bright young things which are the Busch Ensemble (Omri and Ori Epstein and Mathieu van Bellen playing piano, cello and violin respectively) did just that in the Wigmore Hall on the 2nd.
The Schubert Sonatensatz in B Flat and Beethoven’s Trio in D Major Ghost made for a fine first half. I thought technical brilliance but a lack of emotion. The Tchaikovsky Piano Trio, however, which comprised the whole of the second was stunning. Unbound emotion. In a polite-but-firm voice we were informed that flattered by the loud approbation indicated by the packed hall, they would not offer an encore on artistic grounds. And what might follow that thundering conclusion to Tchaikovsky?
Overall: a blazing start to 2015.

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