Fraser Langton clarinet | Rosalind Ventris viola | James Willshire piano
Francaix Trio for clarinet, viola and piano | Mozart Keglestatt Trio | Rory Boyle Di tre re ed io
Trio Dramatis are an exciting and committed ensemble who have commissioned the Rory Boyle work being played today. It’s worth forming an ensemble just to be able to play Mozart’s wonderful Kegelstatt Trio, and composers such as Schumann and Bruch also wrote for the medium. The repertoire has vastly expanded in the 20th century, and the Boyle piece (the title means ‘Three Ds and me’, which might give you a clue as to the theme!) is varied and exciting, with very rapid interactions between the instruments while remaining emotionally powerful and not difficult to follow. The trio have recorded this piece on a Rory Boyle disc, and it’s definitely worth checking out. Francaix provides his usual mix of lively French frivolity with mildly twisted harmonies to set the recital off to a fizzing start.