Friday 23 February 2018

Review: Ariadne Daskalakis and Trio Vintage

Dublin Castle

THE Music Network, consisting of Ariadne Daskalakis with German duo Markus Moellenbeck and Gerald Hambitzer, is touring seven venues including Dublin Castle.

While these Baroque specialists offer Bach and Handel, they also present relatively unfamiliar music through Heinrich Biber, Thomas Baltzar and Italians Nicola Matteis and Francesco Geminiani.

Full of character, Geminiani's D minor Cello Sonata perfectly suits the sonorous depth Herr Moellenbeck draws from his strings.

In Bach's D major transcription of one of Vivaldi's concertos, Hambitzer pinpoints the amusing 'stammers' of its Larghetto while his incisive zest articulates its finale.

The rest of the evening focuses on Ariadne Daskalakis. In Biber's 'Annunciation' Sonata her florid flourishes elicit sedate processional images as well as boisterous rustic scenes.

But the contrasted sweetness and strength of Daskalakis's tone emphasise the quality of Bach's G major Sonata. A droning bass tends to be heavy but, in fact, demonstrates the piece's ensemble nature.

Handel's D major Sonata also has this chamber dimension with Ms Daskalakis holding a delicate melodic line before engaging virtuoso panache in the flighty finale.

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