Eidson-Duckwall Recita Hall; Oct. 7.
While he is often most spoken of regarding his symphonic works, Ludwig van Beethoven was also a master composer of chamber music. Trio in B flat major Op. 11 was originally written for clarinet, piano and cello, with a violin sometimes substituting for the clarinet. However, this evening we heard the trio for oboe, piano and cello, and it was an enjoyable combination. Andrea Gullickson created a brighter sound on the oboe than my ears are used to. Pianist Eugenio Urrutia showed he can be tender and sweet with his piano and forceful and intense the next moment. William Grubb, the cellist, was sometimes covered up, unfortunately, but is a very musical player. Manuel de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnole featured Grubb and Urrutia together. The Asturiana movement was a beautiful lament, and Grubb’s muted cello created a heartbreaking sound. Another trio ended the evening, Brahms’ Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40. This just sounded like three people playing their own parts separately. There was no sense of ensemble between violinist Larry Shapiro, horn player Gail Williams, and pianist Kate Boyd.