Musician mix puts ensemble among the best
ENSEMBLE HANS GAL with Katalin Kertesz on violin, Shelley Levy on clarinet and Mark Nixon on piano. Presented by NMMU Arts and Culture. (NMMU Auditorium).
THREE brilliant musicians in a brilliantly compiled programme – this combination made the visit of the Hans Gal Ensemble a truly great experience.
Cleverly starting with Brahms‘s Clarinet Sonata Op.120/1, they attuned our mind to the Brahmsian idiosyncrasies charmingly colouring Hans Gal‘s fascinating Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano Op. 97 – a highly welcome introduction to an unduly neglected composer.
In similar manner, the French- refined Russian tinge in Debussy‘s Violin Sonata prepared the way for the exciting and full-blooded oriental idiom of Khachaturian‘s Trio. This line of thought then culminated in Bartok‘s often mercilessly dissonant Contrasts 1939, a work that, while based on folkloristic material, primarily explores the full potential of the three instruments.
It needs masters of their instrument to present a programme of this kind, a fact that was proved without any doubt.
Though each a soloist they blended into a great ensemble, making this concert one of the best we have heard in a long time. – RUPERT MAYR
The Herald - September 2007
13th July 2014
By John Carmichael
On Sunday July 13th at the Blenheim Music Circle afternoon concert the Leto Ensemble – flute, clarinet & piano, gave a programme ranging from the delights of Bizet’s Carmen to the hard-edged Duo for Flute & Clarinet of Polish composer Szalowki. Both were impeccably performed by this accomplished trio of players. The outstanding piece in the programme was undoubtedly Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for clarinet & piano with a riveting performance by Shelley Levy on clarinet with Pavel Timofejesky at the piano. This is a work which provides ample opportunities for display of virtuosity and dramatic changes of dynamics which both players seized with open hands to splendid effect. An intriguing set of pieces, Roussel’s Joueurs de Flute, gave Klio Blonz the chance to show her skill in creating character studies of mythical flute players, Pan, Krishna, Tityre, and a beautifully scored arrangement by Pavel Timofejesky of three of Profofiev’s Five Meoldies combined all three players in another highlight of the afternoon’s music making. This composer was delighted to hear his Thredbo Suite beguilingly performed by this very talented group of players