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IMBRIE: Trio No. 2 (1989); SHIFRIN: Trio (1974); HARBISON: Piano Trio (1969); POWELL: Trio, Op. 5 (1957). The Francesco Trio (Nathan Schwartz, piano; Miwako Watanabe, violin; Bonnie Hampton, violoncello). (DDD) UPC # 017685-47562-7.


“...wonderful program of contemporary examples in a once-great medium.”
–Mark L. Lehman, American Record Guide

“Any disc containing hitherto unavailable music by the unjustly neglected, woefully underrecorded Andrew Imbrie is a welcome event. Imbrie, a student of Roger Sessions and longtime member of the Berkeley faculty, composed his Trio No. 2 in 1989. A bit over half an hour in duration, it is a big, powerful, driving, wide-ranging three-movement work. In one continuous movement, Seymour Shifrin’s 1974 trio is a complex, contrapuntal work of somber-to-dour demeanor. Session’s influence appears again in the piano trio (1969) of another of his students, John Harbison. Neo-classicism with jazzy undertones is the hallmark of Mel Powell’s appealing, catchy four-movement trio from 1957. Outstanding performances, fine recording, excellent notes. Recommended.”
–Benjamin Pernick, Fanfare

“The Francesco Trio...confers on the repertoire an extraordinary lucidity and integrity of impulse. The composers could hardly ask for more.”
–Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Examiner


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