The Vienna String Trio, its members being the concertmaster and two fellow principals of the Vienna Symphony, opened the new season of Music Guild Concerts at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Wednesday.
Violinist Jan Pospichal, violist Wolfgang Klos and cellist Wilfried Rehm constitute a thin-toned ensemble that seems to aim no higher than getting the music across without major mishap.
Wednesday's program began with the tautly dramatic G-minor Trio from Beethoven's Opus 9. The playing proved clean enough with regard to the notes, but deficient in dynamism. Of the young Beethoven's bite and thrust there was barely a suggestion.
After neatly cruising through the Serenade in C of Ernst von Dohnanyi (which impresses most when sounding like Dvorak, as it does in its theme-and-variations fourth movement), the performers gave us their thoughts on the subject of Mozart's Divertimento in E-flat, K. 563, the very heart and soul of the slender repertory for this combination of instruments.