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Origin: Martin, Mansurian, Dvorak

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
20-05-2022
Barcode:
608917290127
Packaging:
Slip Sleeve (CD or Vinyl)
Catalog Number:
CC72901
Origin: Martin, Mansurian, Dvorak
Origin: Martin, Mansurian, Dvorak

Description

The first recording by the Delta Piano Trio on Challenge Classics. The Trio have chosen works by Frank Martin, Tigran Mansurian and Antonin Dvorak which span almost a century, are from very different cultures, but which are all based on folk tunes.

"...powerful and convincing...the Delta Piano Trio delivers strongly characterized performances..." (BBC Music Magazine)

Quite often, a work becomes a journey of discovery towards a certain origin, translated into sound. Martin, Mansurian and Dvorak composed three such colourful works for piano trio voyages of discovery taken here by the Delta Piano Trio through scintillating sound worlds.

When an Irish-American benefactor asked him to write a work based on Irish folk songs, Martin grasped this as an exquisite opportunity to combine two of the quests occupying him at the time music from distant cultures and rhythm. His Trio sur des melodies populaires irlandaises (1925) is a complex, mature and multi-layered score.

The Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian (b. 1939) gives the term a deeper meaning with the idea behind his 5 Bagatelles (1985): the smallest things can have the greatest significance in life. Each bagatelle sounds like a moment when truth opens up; crystal clear while at the same time beyond our comprehension.

Like many artists of the Romantic era, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) let his music flourish from his deepest roots, his origins. His unique style represents a melting-pot of all sorts of characteristic elements of music and dance from his beloved Bohemia with the classical idiom. An example is the famous Piano Trio no. 4 (1891), based on the 'dumky', epic folk ballads depicting a tragic historic event. In much the same way that Martin, Mansurian and Dvorak each made their own voyages of discovery in their compositions, the Delta Piano Trio has also reached the heart of these three works.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

"The music broods, it dances, it leaps exuberantlyall in the space of moments. Just like the best performances of this work that I've heard, this performance has emotional depth, perfect ensemble, brilliant transitions. I give the Delta Piano Trio high praise for this performance. They've earned it...Highly Recommended." - Paul Rushton, Positive Feedback

"With its superb sound and perceptive notes, the present release can warmly be recommended" - Gramophone

"A very imaginative folk-inspired programme takes us from Ireland (courtesy of the Swiss Frank Martin) to Bohemia by way of Armenia. Whichever country we're visiting, the Delta Piano Trio prove terrific guides, playing with no little pizzazz." - BBC Music Magazine, 4 STARS

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Martin: Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises - Allegro moderato
  3. Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises - Adagio
  4. Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises - Gigue
  5. Mansurian: Five Bagatelles, for violin, cello, and piano - Largo
  6. Five Bagatelles, for violin, cello, and piano - Moderato
  7. Five Bagatelles, for violin, cello, and piano - Allegro I
  8. Five Bagatelles, for violin, cello, and piano - Allegro II
  9. Five Bagatelles, for violin, cello, and piano - Moderato
  10. Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, B. 166 Dumky - Lento maestoso - Allegro quasi doppio movimento
  11. Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, B. 166 Dumky - Poco adagio - Vivace non troppo - Vivace
  12. Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, B. 166 Dumky - Andante Vivace non troppo - Allegretto
  13. Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, B. 166 Dumky Andante moderato - Allegretto scherzando - Quasi tempo di marcia
  14. Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, B. 166 Dumky - Allegro
  15. Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, B. 166 Dumky - Lento maestoso
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