The now well established (I can’t believe this is only their fifth concert together – but I might have misunderstood that and it might only be their fifth concert together at The Atrium, a fact which seems likely in view of their high profile throughout the country) and much acclaimed Wits Trio consists of Malcolm Nay (piano), Zanta Hofmeyr (violin) and Maciej Lacny (cello).
At the 969 Festival they played a one off concert featuring Brahms’ Piano Trio No 2 in C Major and Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons arranged for a piano trio. The Brahms was fabulous, but the Piazolla was beyond that. The music itself is vibrant and rich and melodious, and the playing was superb. I wasn’t at the National Arts Festival this year, but I understand that their programme there was an all Brahms one. I am glad that we got the Piazolla.
All three musicians are mature, established solo and chamber performers, and their collective performance is always a pleasure.
The classical music concert was in The Atrium on Sunday 24 July 2016 at 15:00 and it marked the final performance of the 969 Festival for me.
It really has been a marvellous, important Festival for Johannesburg culture vultures, especially those unable to get down to Grahamstown for the National Arts Festival.
Well done to all those who put this festival, and this concert, together.