A TRIO of top musicians graced Ashford Music Society’s opening concert series at Norton Knatchbull School.
Clarinettist Robert Plane, Philip Dukes, viola, and pianist Sophia Rahman have played together as a trio for several years.
Brahms’ second clarinet sonata is well known, but not so scored for viola and piano, in which Dukes and Rahman gave a profoundly moving performance.
John Ireland’s fantasy-sonata for clarinet and piano is rarely heard, but Plane and Rahman’s committed interpretation of the 20th century classic convinced me that it deserved to be more often heard.
The well-balanced programme also featured music for a full trio. The opening featured the delightful three pieces by Max Bruch. Closing the repertoire was a spirited performance of Mozart’s ever-popular Kegelstatt Trio.