The Israel Piano Trio, which appeared at Ambassador Auditorium on Tuesday, is technically a first-rate ensemble whose interpretations are alert to the stylistic differences among such varied eras as those represented by Mozart, Ravel and Mendelssohn.
Violinist Menahem Breuer is an assertive but unpushy player whose light, penetrating tone is coupled to dead-center intonation and perfectly matched to the elegant cello of Marcel Bergman. Both, incidentally, are Israel Philharmonic principals.
On Tuesday, however, the group's offerings failed to achieve maximum impact because of pianist Alexander Volkov's overemployment of the damper pedal, a practice particularly to be avoided in the Ambassador's resonantly woody acoustic.
Even in the opening Mozart, the rather slender Trio in C, K. 548, keyboard tone seemed (to a listener seated on the left side of the orchestra section) insufficiently centered and incisive--in spite of the spiritedness of Volkov's work.