The Lawson Trio closed the thirty-third season of lunchtime music at St John's Church, Greenhill, in style. The highlyexperienced musicians (Annabelle Lawson on piano, Fenella Humphreys on violin and Rebecca Knight on cello) opened with the Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 Ghost by Ludwig van Beethoven.
They gave a highly professional account of this work, particularly in the mesmerising second movement, where their expressive playing and expertise with their long-line phrases were particularly evident.
Humphreys' assured, musical playing and leading was perfectly complemented by Knight's warm tone and Lawson's sensitivity.
After the interval, we heard a trio from the lesser-known early 20th-Century composer Gaspar Cassadó i Moreu (Cassadó for short).
A pupil of Casals, his surprisingly stunning music shone in the hands of these marvellous musicians. Technically, they were spot-on too ... the string harmonics section in the second movement a particularly difficult challenge, one that the trio passed with flying colours.
The Latin feel to the second half continued with the final piece in the programme, the Tango Revolucionario (arr. Bragato), by Astor Piazzolla.
Piazzolla is famous for his mix of classical, jazz and tango music, and this particular tango is a mixture of technical challenges and musical fireworks.
It was impeccably played, both technically and musically, by this accomplished trio - Fenella Humphreys shining in particular in her technically challenging violin cadenza.
The Lawson Trio ensured that this was a fitting end to this particular series of lunchtime music at St John's.
The next series starts on September 25 with pianist Neil Crossland and, as always, admission will be free.