March 21, 2007
* Notes *
The Eroica Trio played Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56 with San Francisco Symphony in the second week of March. They were quite attractive but their playing was lush and rather romantic. This was not altogether bad given what they were playing, but at times it was a little too much. The pianist, Erika Nickrenz, never seemed to take her foot off the pedal. Sara Sant'Ambrogio came off best, since the cello part is the strongest. For their encore they played a tango, and tellingly, they played it in exactly the same luxuriant manner they had taken the Beethoven.
Alan Gilbert started off the evening conducting Thomas Adès' Chamber Symphony, which was amusing. The pianist had to also play accordion, and what could be more entertaining than that!
They finished with Mozart's Symphony No. 41, Jupiter. It was taken at a good pace and was together, so I can't complain.
* Tattling *
The symphony audience was uncharacteristically badly-behaved. There was one mobile phone ring during Jupiter, somewhere in the orchestra section. At least it was silenced right away. People also chattered.