A twist on the Romanian word for “life” Viazza seems a most appropriate name for this group. Violinist Katherine Lukey, cellist Paul Ghica and pianist Young Kwon Choi presented a polished and entertaining recital at the South Melbourne Town Hall.
Opening with Haydn’s Piano Trio No 39 in G, the audience was met with what was simply beautiful playing. A musical intimacy within the trio was immediately apparent as they passed lines between each other with ease, and the two string players demonstrated a fine ability to blend and project as needed. The final Presto movement, which gives this work its “Gypsy” nickname, was played with bite and energy.
The highlight was Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor. Ghica’s opening solo section was haunting and I wanted to believe that playing harmonics on the cello is easy. The second movement combined drama with precision. In the fourth movement the group certainly lived up to their name. The ‘fresh crop of distinctly Russian folk melodies, and a Jewish tune’ brought a melancholy smile to the audience and left us with a tune to whistle at interval. There was certainly energy in the hall and I thought we might just get a standing ovation for this work. The concert finished with a confident performance of Brahms’ Piano Trio in B major. The finale of which probably provided the most emotional playing of the day.
With their recent invitation to perform at the 2013 Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition Viazza are certainly a trio to keep an eye on. Add them to your Facebook and let’s support this fine group.