Review: Violinist Siow Lee Chin returns home with a charming ensemble programme
2013 ASIA TOUR: SINGAPORE CONCERT
Siow Lee Chin with faculty of Bard College Conservatory & Soochow University School of Music
Esplanade Concert Hall
It was good to see violinist Siow Lee Chin back in concert after nearly two years, having recovered from a career-threatening injury sustained in a hit-and-run car accident last year. She was not playing solo but partnering colleagues from New York's Bard College Conservatory and the newly-formed Soochow University School of Music in a short but lovely programme of chamber music.
Mozart's popular Flute Quartet in D major (K.285) provided a most congenial opener, with Czech flautist Clara Novakova weaving clear and pristine lines, closely supported by Siow, violist Shawn Moore and cellist Wu Hekun. The vital essence of chamber music was in play throughout, with an ideal balance of sound and tautness of ensemble.
Its Adagio was a charming aria-like serenade, with flute floating above gently plucked pizzicato strings. But before one could get too comfortable, it abruptly broke off into the lively Rondo finale with all four musicians articulating its joyous strains in one accord.