Sydney Morning Herald
Saturday October 10, 2009
BELOVED OF THE GODS: MOZART AND MENDELSSOHNDean Emmerson Dean Trio, Tinalley String Quartet (Melba)The combination of clarinet, viola and piano in Mozart's "Kegelstatt" trio, K. 498 is unusual €” normally a cello would replace the viola €” but is ideally suited to composer-violist Brett Dean and his clarinettist brother, Paul, who are joined here by pianist Stephen Emmerson in a performance of engaging musicality.There is an amiable lack of fuss and pedantry in the way the turn of the opening theme is passed around and varied. To augment the "Kegelstatt" repertoire, Emmerson has arranged a suite of excerpts from The Magic Flute that is charming, witty and lightly irreverent in a way Mozart may have approved of, interspersing transcriptions of vocal numbers with some of the opera's toy music.The Tinalley String Quartet from Melbourne (prize-winners in the Banff International Quartet Competition and the Australian Chamber Music Competition) contribute a beautifully polished and supple performance of Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 2, with an apt rhapsodic freedom in the finale.