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Peabody Trio performs Beethoven, Dvorak and Shulamit Ran for Great Hall series

The Peabody Trio, the faculty ensemble that has been based at the Peabody Conservatory for 25 years, gave a concert Sunday afternoon for Music in the Great Hall that found the players in cohesive, communicative form.

The dry acoustics in Towson Unitarian Universalist Church did the trio no favors (violinist Violaine Melancon's tone sounded especially dry), but there was vibrancy in the interpretations.

Dvorak's "Dumky" emerged with considerable color; phrasing in the Andante and Andante moderato movements, in particular, had a compelling mix of elegance and tension. The ensemble gave an sturdy account of Beethoven's "Archduke," though, in spots, it could have used greater clarity and nuance of articulation from pianist Seth Knopp.

The musicians opened the concert eloquently in Shulamit Ran's haunting "Soliloquy," which captures the composer's fresh, subtly spicy approach to tonality. Cellist Natasha Brofsky's phrasing rang out with extra warmth.


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