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Erasmus Trio at the Concertgebouw
Almere (NL), Mon, 3. Mar 2008The concert of the Erasmus Trio in Amsterdam and Ens last January were very successful.

On Thursday January 17 2008 the Dutch Erasmus Trio consisting of Thomas Herrmann (piano), Vera Laporeva (violin) and Xiaojia Xu (cello) gave a concert at the almost fully booked Recital Hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The performance of the trio during the radio programme Spiegelzaal on Sunday January 13 may have contributed to the large attendance.
The musicians had opted in favour of an unconvential programme. The Trio Élégiaque in G Minor by Sergei Rachmaninov and the Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio by Ernest Bloch are rarities in the concert hall. The Piano Trio op 18 in B Major 'Gassenhauer' is of course well-known, but the Piano Trio No 1 in F Major, Op 18 by Camille Saint-Saëns again is seldomly performed.
Both the choice of the programme and the performance were highly appreciated by the audience. The perfect ensemble of the trio, the sparkling playing of the pianist combined with the beautiful tone of the period instruments of violin and cello made the concert into a marvellous experience.
The enthousiastic audience were treated to three encores, all three items of the new CD 'Musical Gems' to be presented at the end of the concert. There was a hilarious moment when before the performance of Godard's Mignonnette pianist and cellist changed roles - which was not done in fact during the recording of the CD.
The concert on Sunday January 13 at the Schokland Museum in Ens was completely sold out. Next year the Erasmus Trio will give another concert there. To the Concertgebouw, too, the Trio will return - with an equally surprising programme.

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