Dessert is being served along with music at the Barns of Wolf Trap, where exquisite musical treats are offered by the artists of the Library of Congress Chamber Festival. The sweetness of the pastries was echoed in last night's recital of works by Arthur Foote, Schubert, Ravel and Mozart.
Foote's A Night Piece for Flute and String Quartet, featuring flutist Pamina Blum, dominated a musical conversation with violinists Alexis Galperine and Junko Ohtsu, violist Matthias Buchholz and cellist Evelyn Elsing. It was a feeling, rather than thinking, piece.
Pianists Barbara Weintraub and Hugo Wolff joyously joined together for Schubert's Fantasie in F-minor for Piano. The talented pair played purposefully in a seemingly effortless panorama of four-hand pianism.
Galperine and Wolff initially played against one another in Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Piano. By the third movement, however, the violinist's precise phrasing and shimmering tone transformed this quirky work into the night's most engaging performance. They produced soulful, overpowering sounds by manipulating their instruments as well as by playing.
Violist Miles Hoffman and cellist Carter Brey joined Galperine for Mozart's Divertimento in E-flat, K. 563. The lovely result was indelibly Mozartean, smacking with verve and energy.