Monday, September 5, 2022

Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Written in her early-twenties, Ethel Smyth’s Piano Trio, in D-minor, her sole work in this genre, is in the Brahms/Dvořák mould without threatening to outclass either, if accomplished and with nice things along the way, and very well performed by the teamwork of Trio Gaspard – “all for one and one for all” – with a moderately paced first movement, a songlike slow one (if maybe not enough contrast between them), a rollicking Scherzo and a resolute if thematically undistinguished Finale. Opening the recital was a Trio by Haydn, G-minor (Hob.XV:19), civilised, urbane, and if not his greatest such work then very enjoyable, especially the spirited final movement.

Postscript: I believe Petroc Trelawny has hosted all eight of the Proms lunchtime concerts, this year from various UK locations – quite an expenditure, one imagines, for travel and, if needed, accommodation, so maybe a Radio 3 presenter already in, or nearer to, each locale would have been a cheaper option? Just a thought.