Thisted Dagbiad, Denmark, "Brilliant pianist..."
August 27, 2004
By Henrik Svane
The Chinese pianist's opening chord in Schubert's'Torelle-kvintet" was a wonderful prelude to this
popular and highly loved piece. Hsing-Ay Hsu presented the most outstanding performance with asublime sound and technical surplus, which cast a spell over the audience. Her performance was
sparkling and stringent and she managed to bring the teamwork with the other players up on a ver\-
high level. And there was a distinguished unity of execution from the other musicians, who was followed by Elisabeth Zeulhen Schneider, who had to jump in at the last minute because of the first
violinist's illness. Schubert's piece is highly technically demanding in regards to sound and
composition. And the piece got what it deserved. Once again the musicians demonstrated theirnatural talent and love for music with a passion, which touched the audience deeply.
The concert started with Joseph Haydn's Trio in D major for flute, cello and piano. Hsing-Ay Hsu demonstrated a mature and brilliant play, relJected by a musical freshness and spirit, con brio.Ha\dn as it is to be played. It was dazzling. Kaija Saariahos "Cendres for flute, cello and piano" is a modem piece with high technical demands on the musicians. The young musicians jumped intothe instrumental challenges and presented a piece of "picture music", organically and beautifully modelled with convincing control and unity, which is demonstrating the ongoing development of Chamber Music. Fantastic that young musicians embark on contemporar\- music and accept the challenge in a sound universe, which is a long way from the classical tradition.