Diana Doherty and The Streeton Trio offers a unique and lyrical performance.
Presented by Musica Viva Australia
Reviewed 3rd March 2021
Diana Doherty is an internationally acclaimed soloist and resident Principal Oboe with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The Streeton Trio likewise perform worldwide, though luckily for local audiences they are now based in Sydney. Together these artists lend their talents to a unique performance in Diana Doherty and The Streeton Trio.
The Streeton Trio features Emma Jardine on Violin, Umberto Clerici on Cello, and Benjamin Kopp on Piano.
Martinů’s Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano (H315), originally composed in 1947, opens the concert. Martinů’s Bohemian background is evident in the bright and playful voices of the oboe and piano, conversing with each other as they develop the melody in the first movement. Doherty sways when she rests her oboe, appreciating her fellow performers and letting herself be swept away.
Doherty leaves the stage for Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio no. 1 in D Minor (Op. 49), originally composed in 1839. The cello takes a prominent role as it leads the impassioned melody in the first movement. However, Mendelssohn ensures each of the three instruments have their time to shine in his romantic, at times energetic, opus.
Addressing the audience directly before commencing the final piece, Doherty explains, “We are just so thrilled to be here playing for you live, you have no idea.” Truly, this sentiment is felt with every bow stroke and every note throughout the performance. The artists share a palpable and infectious enjoyment of the music. The final piece is a world premiere and was created in collaboration with Doherty herself, by contemporary composer Lachlan Skipworth – Oboe Quartet (2020) does not disappoint. It boasts complex, rapid melodies which perfectly heroes Doherty’s oboe.
On Wednesday morning, the audience demands an encore with unceasing, boisterous applause. The four players return to perform Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G Minor (No. 1 Op. 25) – the final movement – whose powerful melodies are a fitting farewell from these exquisitely talented artists.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Rating out of 5: 5