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Review The Widerkehr Trio Wein presented an evening of scintillating music

In a recent concert at the Bangalore School of Music (BSM) auditorium, music lovers were treated to an evening where the flute, clarinet and bassoon held centre stage. In collaboration with the Austrian Embassy, New Delhi and the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Widerkehr Trio Wein with Thomas Frey on the flute, Matthias Kronsteiner on the Bassoon and Bernhard Zachhuber on the clarinet, gave us an hour of unadulterated woodwind musical magic. This was their first trip to India.

The evening opened with a Trio No II in C Major by Ignaz Pleyel. From the word go, Frey showed his accomplished mastery on the flute. The sound of the piece with the three instruments blending transported us back to Pleyels 17th century France. Danish Jorgen Bentzon was the next composer featured with his Sonatina opus 7 . Bentzon was the minister of justice and so only composed in his spare time.In this piece it seemed like the flute and the clarinet were having a little chat, with them dexterously flicking the main melody up and down between them. In the Allegro section the flute was outstanding with its clarity and control.

Tasty Slides I- III by Roland Josef Leopold Neuwirth who is a contemporary musician in Vienna, was the next set of little pieces performed. Neuwirth was given a harmonica as a child by an indulgent uncle with which he began to make music. The quirkiness of blues and rock could be seen through the recital of his composition, which made a wonderful contrast to the more sedate classical pieces.

Trio No III in D minor by Jacques Widerkehr hit the high spot of the evening. “We have got our trios name from the French composer we will play next," said Frey. Widerkehr was influenced by the theatre in Paris and primarily wrote for wind instruments. In this piece Kronsteiner on the Bassoon made his presence felt, rather than just being an accompanist. The beauty of the Bassoon could be heard along with Zachhuber on the clarinet.

In the final piece, by a contemporary musician Matthias Ruegg, Two wedding dancers waiting for the third one , we were introduced to the Alto Flute and the striking bass clarinet, which most of us have never seen.





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