For the second concert of Tickhill Music Society’s 40th Anniversary season we returned to the normal venue of St. Mary’s School where a substantial audience gathered to hear a concert by the all-male Trio Martinu formed in Prague in 1990. The group takes its name from the Czech violinist and composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959).
Their programme began with Schubert’s Notturno (which means ‘night-piece’). This is a lyrical and sonorous work where the brilliant piano part soared over the strings whose support was occasionally a crisp, syncopated pizzicato.
The Piano Trio in C minor Op 101, was written in 1886 while Brahms was on holiday (a working holiday!) in Switzerland. It has the usual four movements, the first being labelled ‘Allegro energico’ where the team produced some sharp precision and demonstrated a beautiful balance of the three instruments. The second movement ‘Presto’ was rich in jerky rhythms and the final two movements rounded off a very satisfying work full of the characteristic Brahmsian ‘fingerprints’.
After the interval we were treated to a rather less well-known Dvorak Trio, the op 65 work. Once again the three players showed what a truly well integrated unit they were. The tumultuous applause which followed not only showed how much the music had been appreciated and enjoyed, but also brought forth an encore in the form of a lively movement from the Dumky trio. This is a type of Slavonic folk ballad where elegiac and fast tempi alternate. It brought to a rousing end a most entertaining and enjoyable concert.