Reviews

Molto Musica Ensemble and Min-Jung Kym at the Darlington Arts Centre

Published Date 11 November 2006

Main Inset News Image It is not often one hears a live performance of Janacek's Concertino, perhaps because of the number of and mix of instruments (piano, string trio, clarinet, bassoon and horn) which it requires. Darlington music Society must be thanked for giving us the opportunity.

The Molto Musica Ensemble was joined by pianist Min-Jung Kym in a performance that brought out Janacek's highly personal and idiosyncratic style of quick, close-woven short phrases, driven by the almost non-stop piano part, which Kym marvellously recreated.

Notable were the finely-projected horn calls and the clarinet's invocation of birdsong, predating those by Messaien in Quartet for the End of time some two decades later.

Before that there was a strong responsive performance of Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor, K 478, with plenty of vigour, especially in the allegro finale.

With Kym deservedly resting on her laurels, the second half was devoted to the violin, viola, cello, double bass, horn, bassoon and clarinet required for Beethoven's E Flat, Op 20 Septet.

The performance was nicely energetic and polished and brought quite the most vigorously stamping and cheering response from the audience that I have heard for some time at a music society concert.

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