When the voices fall silent on the opera stage with the lips locked in a kiss, that magical moment arrives where the sound of the flute, strings and the harp enchants and eventually carries away the audience into celestial spheres: reason enough to savour those sensuous combinations of sound in the intimate setting of chamber music.
Every night, Charlotte Balzereit-Zell, Karl-Heinz Schütz and Gerhard Marschner play music together at the Vienna State Opera and with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, the harp, the flute and the viola produce melodious, vibrant and yet subtle harmonies that have inspired composers over centuries. Accordingly, the concerts of the Trio Aurora feature a repertoire that spans no less than three centuries. With great sensitivity the three musicians expand the rich diversity through their own adaptations, turning their concert evenings into a virtually boundless, tonally-sensuous journey through time.
Landeck – It is difficult to imagine a more delicate, exquisite and resonant opening to the 'Horizonte Landeck' festival. Merely the assembled cast of musicians united as the Trio Aurora, with Karl-Heinz Schütz (flute), Charlotte Balzereit-Zell (harp) and Gerhard Marschner (viola), would leave one expecting an exceptional musical experience. Each of the instruments is equipped with a singular charm, with cantabile qualities as well as the capacity for rhapsodic moments, the ability to touch the soul and set off a delightful tingling in both body and soul.
As the principal flutist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra it seems obvious that Karl-Heinz Schütz would surround himself with his musical peers. The results are the correspondingly high standards the musicians set for themselves; the matching depth of commitment to the literature. That deep acquaintance with the music could be experienced in the Baroque ease of Jean Marie Leclair's Sonata in D Major, Op. 2 No. 8. Claude Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Harp and Viola was pure tonal shading, a basking in emotions, most delicately-set, subtle nuances of colour.
The Trio Aurora further demonstrates that songs by Brahms, such as "Gestillte Sehnsucht" from Two Songs, work brilliantly all without a human voice but with the flute singing on top of the viola's rhapsodising and the sparkling runs of the harp. Twice more the audience was enchanted, first with a tango by Astor Piazzolla and finally with the prelude to the third act of Carmen.