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Radlett Music Club's passionate trio

PUBLISHED: 11:01 16 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:33 06 May 2010

FINE performances are what regular visitors to the Radlett Music Club have come to expect. But the standard achieved by the Cepicky, Rosefield, Dussek Trio on Tuesday last week surpassed many that have gone before. Both violinist Leos Cepicky and cellist

FINE performances are what regular visitors to the Radlett Music Club have come to expect.

But the standard achieved by the Cepicky, Rosefield, Dussek Trio on Tuesday last week surpassed many that have gone before.

Both violinist Leos Cepicky and cellist Gemma Rosefield have both performed on previous occasions at the club's concerts at the Radlett Centre and, to some extent, members of the audience knew what to expect. But pianist Michael Dussek proved to be a welcome newcomer.

The three musicians showed exceptional balance in their performance of the three piano trios in the programme, starting with Beethoven's Trio in C minor Op 1 no 3.

Packed full of surprises, the work gives each of the three instruments its full value and the three musicians gave a thoroughly elegant and pleasing performance.

Perhaps the least well known of the works in the programme was Dvorak's Trio No 4 in E minor Op 90. This exciting work has at its heart the traditional Slavonic music which Leos Cepicky has, in a previous concert, demonstrated a passion for.

And on this occasion he appeared to have infected the other musicians with the same enthusiasm.

The work is full of mood changes, swinging from yearning to excitement and even melancholy, all of which were exploited to the full with playing that appeared to come from the hearts of the musicians.

But for many the highlight of the evening was the final piece in the programme, Felix Mendelssohn's outstanding Piano Trio no 1 in D minor.

Although the piano part is virtuosic, the piece is excellently balanced for all three instruments and there are fine moments for all.

Without a doubt Michael Dussek's performance in the piece was extremely fine but it was balanced by playing of the same quality from Gemma Rosefield who always appeared to be totally at one with her cello and Leos Cepicky, who played throughout with an intense passion.

There was little wonder that the audience thanked the group with tremendous applause, which, in turn was rewarded with a superb encore in the shape of the final movement of Haydn's Gipsy Rondo.

Once more the Radlett Music Club provided its audience with an opportunity to listen to a first class evening of fine chamber music performed by first class musicians.

JOHN MANNING

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