Privilege to see talented musicians
IMS Autumn Maestri St John's Church, Truro
Review by Eric Dare
THE autumn series of concerts given by the International Musicians' Seminar ended with a capacity audience in St John's Church.
We have other first-class ensembles visiting us, but IMS is distinctive. It presents a variety of ensembles that allows unusual programmes given by distinguished international players.
It is always a wonder how they manage to form new groups over three weeks and play so well and with such obvious pleasure that it infects the audience. Both aspects were evident in the Schubert that opened the concert. His Overture for String Quintet in C minor, composed when he was 14, was "something of a discovery" said lead violinist James Clark, and certainly new to the audience. It was also the sort of music, said Clark, that Schubert and his family would have enjoyed playing together– as did this ensemble.
A special and novel attraction this year was the inclusion of a horn played by Alec Frank-Gemmill, principal horn in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Joined by Clark and Hubert Schuch, piano, they played Brahms's Eb Trio Op 40. While it is the last movement that has the most memorable, galloping theme, the emotional heart of the work is the slow movement: there's no better instrument to express such melodious yearning. Superb!
After the interval Frank-Gemmill returned for Mozart's popular Eb Horn Quintet K407. Hugely enjoyable. Lastly, Fauré's Piano Quartet No 2 in G minor with its majestic opening, frenzied allegro, the gentle dreamy adagio with a sunny finale. It really is a privilege to be in the audience with such assured professional musicians and be the first to hear the programme they will perform at the Wigmore Hall in London.