Intermission seemed to make the difference at Gindi Auditorium on Tuesday evening. For whatever reason, after the break violinist Miwako Watanabe, cellist Robert Martin and pianist Antoinette Perry completely turned around a previously lackluster concert.
The program--the second in the series dedicated to the memory of cellist Mischa Schneider--ended with Schubert's Trio in E-flat, Opus 100. A characteristically spacious, lyrical work, it is not quite as popular as his B-flat Trio.
That could change, however, with a few more performances of it like the shining model Watanabe-Martin-Perry delivered. They capitalized on smooth ensemble, a broad dynamic spectrum and a seemingly limitless variety of tone and color. The players also gave careful attention to Schubert's highly personal development of traditional forms, revealing structural detail without strangling sentiment.
The air conditioning in Gindi was turned off during the performances, a sensitive but not entirely sensible decision with a nearly full house. Somehow, the threesome did not overcome the stuffy results as triumphantly in works by Mozart and Alexander Goehr as they did in Schubert.