By Tim Sawyier
The University of Chicago Presents’ Mandel Hall season came to a close in fine fashion Friday night with a stellar performance by the Montrose Trio in their Chicago debut. When the Tokyo Quartet disbanded in 2013, first violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith joined with longtime piano collaborator Jon Kimura Parker to form the Montrose Trio. The results were exquisite Friday night, and future performances by the ensemble should not be missed.
The program opened with Joaquin Turina’s Piano Trio No. 2 in B minor, Op. 76. Turina was born in Seville, but studied with Vincent d’Indy in Paris, and his music strongly bears the marks of this national cross-pollination. The B Minor Trio’s opening movement abounds with subtle, Debussy-esque harmonic colorations, which the Montrose players deeply plumbed to create a rich soundscape.