Review: Ana Rosa Mari & The Eblana String Trio

The Eblana String Trio
The Eblana String Trio
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This concert at King’s Lynn Town Hall was part of the year-round programme of King’s Lynn Festival events.

And once again one of the King’s Lynn Festival Coffee Concerts brought a busy week to an enjoyable and relaxed conclusion, with some refreshing and stimulating music making.

Anna Rosa Mari

Anna Rosa Mari

Anna Rosa Mari (flute) and the Eblana String Trio, Jonathan Martindale (violin), Lucy Nolan (viola) and Peggy Nolan (cello), performed two Mozart Flute Quartets which were separated by a little known gem: Dohnanyi’s Serenade , op. 10.

The Mozart works, the Quartets in A and D Major respectively, were, of course, delightful masterpieces featuring the flute, not one of Mozart’s favourite instruments, to put it mildly, but they were performed with charm and grace by the musicians. Especially affecting was the ravishing Adagio from the D major piece, the flute playing solo, accompanied by pizzicato strings.

I am always delighted getting to know new works (I recently discovered a piano quartet by Granados , for instance), so I was especially pleased to be enchanted by a new piece to me, the Serenade, op.10 by Ernst Von Dohnanyi.

Original, memorable, multi- faceted, romantic and quirky at times, this piece seemed to me to be influenced by Brahms, Dvorak and Smetana but certainly did not lack its own individual character. The composer was Hungarian and incorporated folk music into the mix.

Once again this Coffee Concert gave a full audience at the town hall the opportunity to hear young musicians going from strength to strength in the musical world. I look forward to the next.