Selby & Friends’ second digital offering for the year – a reimagining of the planned Beethoven’s Ghost tour – was filmed live at an audience-free City Recital Hall on June 1. It’s available from the Selby & Friends website for a modest fee, along with bonus material. The all-Beethoven concert, in celebration of the composer’s 250th Birthday, was originally to have featured the Allegretto from the Seventh Symphony and the Opus 38 ‘Septet’ Trio alongside the Ghost Trio, but here features the third of his Opus 1 Piano Trios and a chamber arrangement of the Second Symphony instead.
Harry Ward, Kathryn Selby and Timo-Veikko Valve. Photo supplied
Making his debut with Selby & Friends is violinist Harry Ward, who was recently announced as a Freedman Classical Fellowship finalist. He’s joined by popular Selby regular, Australian Chamber Orchestra Principal Cellist Timo-Veikko Valve, and, of course, Kathryn Selby at the piano.
The three musicians give Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 3 No 1 a thoughtful, opening, with Ward immediately demonstrating a clean, lustrous sound, and Selby giving the piano lines a charming twinkle. Valve brings crisp energy to the first movement’s brighter, folky moments. Published in 1795,...