Tampere Chamber Music -festival’s artistic director and pianist Heini Kärkkäinen has yet again assembled a magnificent group of international top musicians to appear at her chamber music event.
The festival, which was awarded the Cultural Deed of the Year 2017 -prize, has clearly found its audience, for Tampere Hall’s Small auditorium was nearly full of listeners enjoying the music by Ralf Gothóni, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms.
Behind Gothóni’s Peregrina-trio are Eduard Mörike’s mystic love poems. Thursdays performance combined music and poetry with plain but expressive dance created by Kaari Martin and Minna Tervamäki, enhanced by shadows’ play and color’s symbolism.
Transparently and smoothly opening trio proceeded relishing with impressionistic world of tones, telling the story with charging climax. The interpretation of Kärkkäinen, Yuval Gotlibovich and Christoffer Sundqvist was intensive and delicately reactive, but the dance might have clouded perception to notice the deeper details.
Sparkling pianism, good humour and colorful string tones were offered during Schubert’s Piano trio in B-flat major performed by Gothóni, Priya Mitchell and Robert Cohen.
The interpretation went forward classically analyzed, but in its seemingly calm shelter developed intense tensions. Virtuosity, joy and warm emotionality were emphasized in the to perfection polished performance.
The night’s high point was Brahms String Sextet in B flat major, which second part, Andante, rose to enormous heights.
Wide and deep lines, delicately tuned conversations between instruments and the stunning spectrum of tone colors punched the performance with expressive and temperamental pizzicato.
Dynamic variations and contrasts complemented the unaffected interpretation. The beautifully actualized theme Longing – Sky – Maturity gained its magnificent climax during the concerts sextet.
Original text Kirsti Holmberg