Briefly, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed with the Mercury Trio’s performance last Friday evening that was part of the UT School of Music’s guest artist recital series. The ensemble performed three works: Schubert’s Notturno; the Brahms Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101; and Ravel’s Trio.
More than a few revealing lapses of togetherness and some rather pedestrian piano work in the Brahms trio solidified the knowledge that this could not possibly be a full-time ensemble. The brilliance of Brahms’ dynamics and breath was just not there. However, these are excellent musicians, and going further, I was quite impressed with violinist Harvey Thurmer and cellist Natasha Farny. But their work as an ensemble at this recital did not rise to the level of ensemble excellence one would expect from guest artists.
The Ravel Trio is such an intriguing piece—and difficult—that it is impossible not to admire almost any performance of it.