Three and a half stars
Butler University Faculty Artist Series; Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall; Butler University; Sept. 18
When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, many people thought it too difficult and challenging. However, it was not too challenging for the members of the Meridian Trio, who seemed very much to own this work. Pianist Rene Lecuona’s ensemble playing was remarkable, and her dialoging and interplay with the string players was exceptional. The ensemble seemed to mesh well, although there were times I had difficulty hearing the viola playing. I had no problems with that in the second piece, also by W.A. Mozart, his Duo for Violin and Viola in B Flat major, K. 424. I was happy to hear violist Christine Rutledge’s warm tone — and violinist Katie Wolfe was also good, although at times both suffered from intonation issues. The program ended with Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Quintet for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello in C minor, a thoroughly passionate work, which best showed this ensemble’s intensity, musical vigor and sensitivity.