• Steve Ambler

Musica Camerata Montréal


PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON CHAMBER MUSIC

Violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl, both originally from Argentina, are the founding members of Musica Camerata Montréal.

The second concert of the 37th season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series will take place this Sunday, November 3 at 4 p.m. in St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road in Hudson. Musica Camerata Montréal will present a programme of piano trios by Beethoven, Chausson and Schumann.

This is a return engagement by the ensemble (cameratamontreal.com) who last performed in Hudson in 2016. They are a group of chamber musicians who play together in combinations ranging from duos to trios to octets and small chamber orchestras. Their repertoire comprises more than 350 works ranging from the 18th to the 21st Centuries. This year they are celebrating their 50th anniversary, making them one of the best established chamber ensembles in the country. Sunday’s concert features their music director, violinist Luis Grinhauz, pianist Berta Rosenohl, and cellist Joshua Morris.

Luis Grinhauz, from Entre Rios, Argentina, has been an active teacher for 45 and has served as assistant principal with the MSO. Berta Rosenohl, from Buenos Aires, has performed with the McGill Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte, and the Orchestre de chambre de l’Université de Sherbrooke. They both moved to Montreal in 1970 and are founding members of Musica Camerata Montréal. Their recordings have appeared on the CBC Records, SNE and Musica Camerata labels. Joshua Morris is a native of Saint Albans, Vermont. He studied at the Schulich School, and was the winner of the school’s Golden Violin Competition in 2016 as well as the Peter Mendell award from Jeunesses musicales. A co-founder of the Ensemble urbain in 2019, he also plays with the Milton String Quartet.

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON CHAMBER MUSIC

Cellist Joshua Morris will be joining the ensemble for

the upcoming concert November 3.

The first major work on the programme is Beethoven’s Trio in G major Op. 121a, an appropriate choice as we approach the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020. It was the last trio he published, during a period when he was working on some of his greatest works: the Diabelli Variations, the Missa Solemnis and the Ninth Symphony. Beethoven’s correspondence suggests that it was composed much earlier and then revised several times before publication. It takes the unusual form of a slow introduction followed by a short theme and a set of variations on that theme.

The second work is Ernest Chausson’s Trio in G minor, Op. 3. Chausson was a French Romantic composer who studied under Jules Massenet and who was influenced by Richard Wagner and César Franck. The trio was his first major composition. It is a meaty, four-movement work in the Grand Romantic style. The work’s premier performance was at a Société nationale de musique concert in Paris in 1882.

Robert Schumann’s Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110 concludes the concert. This was Schumann’s final trio for piano and strings, written in 1851 and cast, like the Chausson trio, in four movements. The long first movement is in sonata form with a passionate and mysterious first theme and a sweeter second theme. The middle movements are respectively passionate and anxious. The finale is marked Kräftig mit Humor, with the humour coming across more as playfulness and charm.

St. James Hall has an unparalleled view of the Lake of Two Mountains and acoustics that have attracted the attention of CBC Radio, which has recorded several concerts there. Individual tickets will be available at the door ($25, $20 for seniors). More detailed bios of the performers can be found at hudsonchambermusic.ca.

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