The Annual Anna F. Harrington Mosher Boardman Concert Series Presents: "Masters of Romanticism&


Amherst, NH On November 13, 2016, the Trustees of the Amherst Town Library, in conjunction with their annual celebratory Boardman Concert Series, hosted an impressive trio of internationally acclaimed musicians. Egle Jarkova, violinist; Rui Urayama, pianist, and Aristides Rivas, cellist, shared their musical gifts with a very appreciative audience comprised of local community members, library patrons, as well as tourists. While the trio arrived a bit later than the anticipated concert start time, Rivas quickly engaged the audience with a brief, yet charming description of Beethoven's background sharing composition notes regarding Beethoven's Piano Trio, Op. 1, No. 3 in C Minor. Rivas' remarks were undoubtedly geared towards the younger patrons, yet were a welcome inclusion for several elder audience members attending their very first Classical concert. Within minutes the trio found its dynamic balance despite the lack of having a pre-performance sound check. The mischievous musical opening theme of the Allegro con brio immediately captured the audience's attention and seemed almost a fitting musical tribute and vestige of fairly recent All Soul's Day celebrations.

Throughout the Beethoven the trio intricately articulated the contrasts of melodic timbrel textures, tempo variations, and the ever-changing dynamic requirements of Beethoven. They aptly shared these requirements with passionate voicings of sfzorandos as well as imparted solace filled pianissimos capably led by Ms. Jarkova's well-executed choreographed breaths and guidance via subtle body language indications. The trio of Jarkova, Urayama, and Rivas seemed to play flawlessly with an evident and honorable connection to one another despite the close proximity to their sometimes over-active audience members. They seemed to share their talents among a silent orchestra of audience onlookers, wiggly and otherwise. Additionally, they appeared gracious in their reception of ill timed applause. In the latter movements of the Beethoven, the trio became a type of storyteller: Uryama's incredibly articulate cascading lines in particular and in conjunction with the marvelously connected symmetry of Jarkova's and Rivas' musical statements seemed to personify children playing by a babbling brook in a forest - truly appreciated by the younger members of the audience. Perhaps the only element missing from this masterful presentation was some candlelight, channeling the spirit of Beethoven and the Romantic Period.

During their second offering, Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No.1, Op.49 in D minor, testing the trio's power of concentration and musical dedication never became an issue in spite of the infiltration of an occasional cell phone utterance. The trio prevailed and channeled Mendelssohn's melodic lines painting Mendelssohn's musical canvas with such precision that one might have thought that he or she were listening to the backdrop of a beautiful recording for a Jane Austen movie. In fact, the trio's overall performance led by Ms. Jarkova's subtle yet passionate directives seemed to be that of studio quality precision. Moreover, the dancing feet and toes of young and old alike gave testament to the performers’ thoroughly enchanting as well as engrossing performance.

This reviewer especially appreciated the passionate strains of the closing composition entitled "Oblivion" by Astor Piazzolla. The vibrancy and accuracy of this trio came to full fruition in its encapsulation of a more modern day version of the Romantic notion. They successfully combined elements of tenderness and passionate pathos with unexpected pizzicati. The trio of Jarkova, Uryama, and Rivas is a beautifully concerted one. These artists are true masters of Romantic repertoire leaving their audience in a soulful trance. Brava goes to Ms. Jarkova as well for her breathtakingly jewel-like upper register pianissimo at the close of Piazzolla's "Oblivion".

- Ellen Nordstrom, Freelance Music Critic for NH Soundings at www.@nhsoundings.com

To learn more about the Boardman Concert Series, the Amherst Town Library, or the artists, contact: www.amherstlibrary.org

Ellen Nordstrom
Lyric Mezzo & Vocal Coach