The third and final concert of the Chiangmai Classics
series on Saturday March 12 at the Kad Suan Kaew theatre in Chiang Mai was a
fitting close “en force”.
It opened with Joachim Quantz’ Trio-Sonata in C Moll
for Violin, Flute and Piano. The Trio Sonata from this German flautist
performer and composer (who wrote over 204 sonatas from the late Baroque
era) reflects a transition in style from late baroque to early Classical.
His composition was wonderfully performed by Pitijet Vichitporn who was
smoothly accompanied by Krit Mekara on the violin and David Wilson on the
Pittijet Vichitporn, Annop Ruangmanee and Judith Utley.
Then followed the recently established Chiangmai String
Quartet which played Haydn’s Apponyi String Quartet, a wonderful piece
which was played with great enthusiasm by this group of four male music
teachers from Chiang Mai. These Chiang Mai born men were obviously very
comfortable with this piece and rather well attuned to each other. It must
have been a thrill for them to perform for such an attentive public and
quite a change from teaching first grade musical students!
Vichitporn, flute, Krit Mekara, violin, and David Wilson piano.
During the intermission, to benefit the fundraising
activities of the New Life Foundation, the organizers were selling some
flowery multipurpose greeting cards at very attractive prices and colorful
paintings from Thai artists who had generously agreed to share the proceeds.
After the break, Xavier Pittijet Vichitporn, Annop
Ruangmanee and Judith Utley played Debussy’s Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola
and Harp. This work has an austere, ethereal character, which seems fluid
and improvisational and has inspired many composers to combine these three
instruments. The six melodic ideas of the opening movements and the frequent
tempo changes kept us all enthralled until the last note was played.
This same trio continued with Theodore Dubois’
Terzettino for Flute, Viola and Harp which is written in a typical
French Romantic style. Dubois used the instruments in a much more
traditional fashion whereby the harp plays an arpeggio accompaniment figure
throughout most of the piece, while the flute and viola pass melodic
material back and forth in a canon-like treatment. Judging by the warm
applause, this was another crowd pleaser.
The evening’s closing piece was Mozart’s Piano
Quartet KV 493, No. 2, whose first movement was fluidly played by the same
quartet that performed another Mozart Piano Quartet at last month’s
Chiangmai Classics concert.
Many asked when the next classical music concerts would
be held. Unfortunately, as no cultural performing arts organization in the
world can exist only from ticket sales, further performances will depend on
the generosity of the sponsors and the ticket buyers.
So, classical music lovers in Chiangmai, the ball is in
your camp. The Chiangmai Classics group has proven that there is market for
quality concerts in Chiang Mai with artists being paid (which is not often
If sufficient and generous sponsors can be motivated, another classical
concert series could be planned towards the end of this year. Please pass