Review: Trio Ecla at the Concert Chamber

By Hanno Fairburn

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Trio Eclat performed at the Concert Chamber last night.
Trio Eclat performed at the Concert Chamber last night.

This youthful ensemble of flute, clarinet and piano revealed impressive skills as they blended together well in a programme of inventive works.

While the repertoire for such a combination is quite limited, they had found original pieces and arrangements which showed off a wide range of colours and contrasts in their instruments.

They approached each piece with imagination and a sound technique and this, along with their collective smoothness, gave interpretations which all appealed for their polish and freshness.

A Brahms Hungarian Dance Suite was a fine choice to open with: warm and lively, and full of lilting rhythms.

Christine Kim's flute and Rowan Meade's clarinet made up a winning duo when they wittingly produced bird-like twittering in the French composer Andre Jolivet's Sonatine.

It was then the turn of the pianist Evans Chuang whose fluency in two Chopin Etudes produced the sound of a harp and the beat of ocean waves so convincingly.

'Little Trio' by the New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie and 'Choros No.2' by the Brazilian Villa- Lobos were marked by sprightly exchanges and intriguing rhythms and melodies, but the players were fully up to their technical demands.

The Trio Eclat deftly brought out the sparkle and playfulness from Bizet's 'Children's Games' to round off the concert nicely.

What: Trio Eclat
Where: Concert Chamber
When: Monday

- Rotorua Daily Post

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