The trio's lunchtime performance perfectly encapsulated the intimate spirit of a Beethovenian chamber music work - a great musical treat.
They started their recital with the German composer's beautiful Piano Trio no. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11, known as Gassenhauer.
Charlotte Forsey, the trio's cellist, was in particularly good form from the start, with sweeping gestures and a wonderful sound, as well as exhibiting a wide range of colours and dynamic contrasts. She feels and communicates to the audience every note she is playing; the third movement in particular proved that she also has technique in abundance to match her undoubted musical prowess. In this, she was well complemented by her chamber music colleagues.
Pianist Jessica Chan was again flawless, soaring above the strings when needed, and sliding back into accompaniment mode effortlessly: the fast pedalled passages in particular sounded at times like little pearls of notes falling into the ocean.
The second half of the concert at Harrow's St John's the Baptist church brought the wonderful Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15, by Smetana. This comes across in many places, texturally, like a sea of sound. A certain musical maturity is required in order to faithfully reproduce the Bohemian composer's range of colours and texture.
The Arlequin Piano Trio's musicians delivered a wonderful, philosophical even, depiction of the musical landscapes thought of by this excellent 19th century composer.
A moving performance indeed - well done!
In both the Beethoven and the Smetana, Dominika Anna Rosiek, the violinist, showed effortless technique and the acute musical sensitivity that she is known for. Not for her the flashy but ultimately empty technical show-off style; though the technique is completely there, she prefers to focus on communicating the raw emotion of the music.
This type of talent, and her humble way of placing her needs as a performer second in relation to the needs of the music itself, is indeed rare.