The Vienna Piano Trio played a capacity Wigmore Hall at coffee time today – in the most civilized way imaginable to ease from repose to Sunday afternoon. It was a rather dreary morning but the all-Beethoven programme was delivered with astonishing, intense thoughtfulness.
After an awful lot of telephone calls, I managed to get a return, on row E which meant I had a tremendous view of the performance and group dynamic. Each of the three - Bogdan Božović, Violin, Matthias Gredler, Cello and Stefan Mendl, Piano operated within their own world. Yet so in sync was the group, that the communication seemed invisible. Playing for tatty, well-loved scores, the freshness was all-the-more remarkable. I wondered in particular with the remarkable Božović was being taken unwell. I cannot recall observing a musician feeling every note he and his colleagues played. The familiar here was new again to everyone in the room. The hall went pretty wild in response. No wonder. If only they had offered an encore.
The programme opened with 10 Variations on 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' in G major Op. 121a, followed by Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 97 'Archduke'.