The Wits Trio comprises Malcolm Nay (piano), Zanta Hofmeyr (violin) and Maciej Lacny (cello). They played an all Brahms concert at The Atrium on Sunday 4 August 2013.
Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist who worked mainly in Vienna, Austria. He is regarded as both a traditionalist and an innovator and was the great friend of Robert and Clara Schumann, the latter with whom he was in love. He was a master of counterpoint, like Bach before him.
Dr Kathy Primos, a former Professor at Wits, gave a pre-concert lecture, telling the audience both about Brahms and giving us an analysis of the music to follow, then the music began with the Sonata for Cello and Piano No 1 in E Minor, Opus 38, followed by the Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in D Minor, Opus 108. After interval we heard the Piano Trio in C Minor, Opus 101.
Both Brahms’ music and the performance thereof were wonderful and a good time was had by all.