Instrumental Trio Mato – Papa – Nina at the Chamber Music Festival

“We have grown up together” – said the pianist Fiona Mato  before starting the concert – “but life separated us: Regi in America, Fernando in Germany and me in France. Tonight we are happy to have come together here to perform for you”
They were sincere words as their beautiful and cheerful portrait.
The program featured a wide repertoire from the classics – Haydn, Piano Trio No. 39, to the authors of the XX century as Shostakovitch Piano Trio No. 2, Piazzolla – Piano Trio “Seasons” and Arvo Part  – Adagio.
For Fiona and Fernando it was the first time they played in their country, while for Regi this  was the second one. Two days ago he used to perform a concert with the pianist Merita Rexha. While Regi had already presented his own interpretative values, Fiona and Fernando sparked curiosity. Fiona Mato, studied at the Superior Conservatory of Paris, introduced not only the level of education but also the distinctive individual abilities. Of a subtle sensibility and an absolute assurance she knew how to lead and merge the ensemble with wisdom and special emotions. Fernando Nina, who comes from Cologne’s Cello School, radiated an obvious trend for modern types of contemporary music. He at the same time featured distinct and creative abilities in precise executions of various musical styles of the program.
Though as an ensemble they had been working  together since not long time,  they witnessed common concepts and interpretive skills.
I think the organizers should have thought out in some different way.   This festival is taking place almost the same way, but would not it be better for the good ensembles invited here to have the as obligatory performing Albanian composers works? The purpose of organizers to deal with cultures is not only to look for this condition, but to rewrite foreign cultures by showing how ancient we are in this process.
Would not it be better for some concerts that require more acoustic environment to be organized in a more comfortable hall such as, for example, Albanian University Library in Durres, or any other hall?

Nestor Kraja

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