23 January 2015
Reviewed by Norman Totton
The site on which Bradford Cathedral stands is thought to have been used as a place of worship since AD 627 and has gone through many transformations since then, from a simple small wooden structure to the magnificent and imposing building it is today, and where I went to see a performance of the world renowned Vienna Piano Trio.
The Trio has been called one of the most noted ensembles of its type to emerge in the last decade of the 20th century, and based on what I heard from the musicians who make up the trio, it’s not difficult to see why.
From the languid first soft notes of Beethoven’s Trio in B flat major, Op. 97, Archduke (considered to the finest not only of Beethoven’s, but of all piano trios), to the tumultuous finale of Johannes Brahms’s Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8 (Original Version), it was clear to the Cathedral audience that the three individuals who are the Trio, are first class musicians who fully deserve the acclaim they continue to receive from all around the world.
The Trio began life in 1988 and first obtained coaching from two of the world’s great trio ensembles, the Beaux Arts Trio and the Haydn Trio Wien, before both individually and as a group, they intensively studied chamber music interpretation with such great chamber performers as Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, Ralph Kirschbaum, and the members of the Guarnieri and LaSalle quartets. Debut appearances were performed in 1989, and since then, numerous international competition prizes have been awarded.
The Trio has had a couple of changes of personnel over the years and the current Trio members Stefan Mendl – piano, Bogdan Bozovic – violin, and Matthias Gredler – cello, have been giving outstanding performances together since 2012 and have toured extensively in northern Europe, Britain, Italy, South Africa, and the United States playing the highest quality music to very appreciative audiences.
I and the other members of the audience had a wonderful couple of hours in Bradford Cathedral and if you get the opportunity to see The Vienna Piano Trio, I urge you to take it and enjoy listening to music of the highest quality and demonstration of the finest performance skills.
Getting to Bradford Cathedral is easy whatever mode of transport you use and there are car parks within a 5-10 minute walk. The cathedral staff on duty are very helpful and during the interval provide a very pleasant cup of tea and selection of biscuits for the princely sum of £1.
For more information or events at Bradford Cathedral visit www.bradfordcathedral.org.
Bradford Cathedral, 1 Stott Hill, Bradford, W Yorks, BD1 4EH | 01274 777720