Review: The Herald Scotland Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio Cumnock Tryst


THERE are many models for Sir James MacMillan’s autumn music festival – the choral and chamber music church concerts of the Lammermuir and East Neuk Festivals, and especially the combination of community involvement and top professional performers established by a composer of an earlier generation at Orkney’s St Magnus Festival – but the Cumnock Tryst has very quickly established an identity all of its own.

That unique style was palpable in the atmosphere of Friday evening’s Trinity Church concert by the trio led by violinist Nicola Benedetti with Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk. It is superfluous to talk of the communication and empathy at the heart of this established group, so revel instead in the rich tone of Elschenbroich’s cello of the third movement of Ravel’s Trio in A Minor and the way Grynyuk’s piano drove the finale of Brahms’ Trio No1 in B, and how Benedetti and her partner so eloquently enjoy the wit of the Duetti d’Amore written for them by Mark Anthony Turnage.