The first concert of the season, at Weill Recital Hall on Tuesday evening, was devoted largely to new music, with Schubert's Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat as the sole nod to the past. And it showed the current crop of musicians to be versatile, original interpreters.
In the Schubert, for example, Gabriela Martinez, the pianist; Joanna Frankel, the violinist; and Caitlin Sullivan, the cellist, immediately set aside the smooth, enveloping approach that groups like the Beaux Arts Trio have made the standard reading and instead played the music with sharply articulated phrasing and an earthy rough-and-tumble feeling.
...[Flutist Erin Lesser and clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois] and Ms. Martinez were joined by Owen Dalby, a violinist, for a fluid, often haunting reading of George Crumb's "Eleven Echoes of Autumn (Echoes 1)" (1966).
Mr. Crumb always demands much of his instrumentalists: apart from having to memorize his scores because his pictorial, winding calligraphy is all but impossible to read in performance, musicians are asked to modify their instruments' sounds by, for example, playing into the piano or using unusual bowing techniques. Vocalization is often required as well, as it was here. The ACJW players met these challenges with an admirable fluency.