Edinburgh International Festival music review: Trio Zimmerman, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main.
All soloists in their own right, Trio Zimmermann come together as a combination of instruments which is a relative rarity in the chamber music world, the string trio. All the more remarkable given the limited repertoire available, their programme at the Queen’s Hall on Saturday was one which achieved much more than the sum of its parts.
Following the sweetness and light of Schubert’s String Trio in B flat major with the much tougher second trio by Hindemith and then backtracking to the expansive Op 3 by Beethoven brought an illuminating balance to a substantial morning recital.
Well matched in tone, violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, violist Antoine Tamestit and Christian Poltéra on cello, have a refined sound which suited their gentle approach to the Schubert and its simply stated lyricism.
Calling for a different type of energy, Hindemith’s meaty String Trio No 2 was intensely serious, with a troubled, agitated air about it, propelled forwards with determined playing from the Trio.
Even if there were moments when articulation of phrasing wasn’t 100 per cent clear, Beethoven’s six-movement youthful score received a stylish enough performance, although momentum waned from time to time in the overlong Andante.
Published in The Scotsman on 17 August 2015
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