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Review from the Albury Chamber Music Festival

After a successful performance at the Albury Chamber Music Festival Philip Scott from Limelight Magazine wrote the following: Limelight described Melbourne-based Ensemble Liaison as a national treasure; I am not inclined to argue. The trio consists of clarinettist David Griffiths, cellist Svetlana Bogosavljevic and pianist Timothy Young: three outstanding virtuosos who perform together as one remarkable, single-minded entity. Much of their repertoire consists of their own arrangements of music originally conceived for other combinations, and two were played: The Four Seasons of the Porteñas by Astor Piazzolla, and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. With the arrangement of Piazzolla’s work featuring piano-lid whacking and foot stamping, these energetic musicians literally caught the earthiness of the composer’s tango-infused world. Griffiths’ physicality and extraordinary range of instrumental colour made me long to hear him in a testing piece like David del Tredici’s Magyar Madness. Young came into his own in the Rhapsody, as the group’s collective arrangement was based on Gershwin’s demanding solo piano version. This level of musicianship moves beyond mastering technical challenges to convey fiery passion, tenderness, and every nuance in between. Coincidentally, as Griffiths put it, the ensemble’s Piazzolla and Gershwin performances have just been released on a new CD (which your correspondent picked up on the way out – not without paying for it, I hasten to add).