Music review: Zukerman Chamber Players

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: Zukerman Chamber Players at The Queen’s Hall, reviewed by Carol Main

It’s a pity that the violin and cello duo combination isn’t one that appears more often. Kodály’s Op 7 is a splendid example of its merits, especially when performed by such distinguished musicians as Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth.

In their recital yesterday morning at the Queen’s Hall, their fulsome sound was ideally suited for this folk music and dance-influenced three-movement Duo.

At times conversational, at times with the individual lines more integrated or as if something that had been split up was coming together to make a whole, Zukerman and Forsyth brought their kindred personalities to Kodály’s warmly coloured score.

A married couple, they conveyed a sense of a strong, well-founded partnership that allowed the music its flow. Joined by pianist Angela Cheng for a second half’s programme of Mendelssohn, the now threesome gave a meaty performance of his first Piano Trio in D minor. Cheng’s opening solo in the romantic slow movement was exquisite in its poetic expression.

Consummate and charismatic musicians, the trio made for a tight-knit chamber ensemble, although the balance in the opening Beethoven B flat major Piano Trio Allegretto was too weighted in favour of the piano.

Originally published in The Scotsman