Ambassador Auditorium was the scene on Thursday of a rather curious joint presentation by two very different kinds of chamber ensemble: the Guarneri String Quartet and the trio comprising pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson.
There being no single work on the program to utilize the talents of all seven artists--most likely none exists--it proved to be a mix-and- match affair in which each group first tended to its own duties, the Trio commencing with a virtuosic, anachronistically explosive, Romantic account of Haydn's Trio in C, Hob. 27.
Exit K-L-R, enter Guarneri, snapping out Beethoven's F-minor Quartet, Opus 95, with uncharacteristic aggressiveness, scrambled ensemble and, in the particularly unsettled opening movement, squally tone at the top (first violinist Arnold Steinhardt) and bottom (cellist David Soyer).
Any anticipatory qualms about the "mix" portions of the program were laid to rest with the ominously rumbling opening measures of Schoenberg's "Verklaerte Nacht," in which the Guarneri was joined by Laredo (playing second viola) and Robinson.