CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PIANO TRIOS, VOL. 2 with THE FRANCESCO TRIO            CD-4933(1)

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If there is a theme to repertoire selection on this second disc of world premiere recordings of contemporary American piano trios by the Francesco Trio, it is of independence and new directions, of composers who have taken their influences and then gone their own way. Volume I in the series, containing trios by Imbrie, Schifrin, Harbison and Powell, was extremely well received.

Mark L. Lehman wrote in American Record Guide: "[a] wonderful program of contemporary examples in a once great medium," while Benjamin Pernick raved in Fanfare: "Outstanding performances, fine recording, excellent notes. Recommended!" And critic Allan Ulrich, who is familiar with a number of the composers' works represented on Volume I wrote in the San Francisco Examiner: "The Francesco Trio confers on the repertoire an extraordinary lucidity and integrity of impulse. The composers could hardly ask for more."

CD-4933(1)       CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PIANO TRIOS, VOL. 2 with THE FRANCESCO TRIO. GUNTHER SCHULLER: Piano Trio (1984); URSULA MAMLOK: Panta Rhei (Time in Flux) (1981); OLLY WILSON: Trio (1976); MEL POWELL: Piano Trio '94; ROBERT HELPS: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1957). Performed by Miwako Watanabe, violin; Nathan Schwartz, piano; Bonnie Hampton, cello. Total time: 62:56. [DDD]
UPC #017685-49332-6.

Sound Clips (MP3):

1. Schuller- Trio for piano, violin & cello- Allegro vigoroso, passionato, cantabile
2. Schuller- Trio for piano, violin & cello- Adagio, teneramente
3. Schuller- Trio for piano, violin & cello- With Swing
4. Mamlok- Panta Rhei (Time in Flux), for piano, violin & cello- Agitato
5. Mamlok- Panta Rhei (Time in Flux), for piano, violin & cello- Vivace, misterioso- In Waltz Time
6. Mamlok- Panta Rhei (Time in Flux), for piano, violin & cello- Molto tranquillo
7. Mamlok- Panta Rhei (Time in Flux), for piano, violin & cello- Allegro energico
8. Mamlok- Panta Rhei (Time in Flux), for piano, violin & cello- Distant
9. Wilson- Trio for violin, cello & piano- Introduction
10. Wilson- Trio for violin, cello & piano- Trio
11. Wilson- Trio for violin, cello & piano- Postlude
12. Powell- Piano Trio '94
13. Helps- Trio for violin, cello & piano- Mesto
14. Helps- Trio for violin, cello & piano- Molto marcato; molto allegro
15. Helps- Trio for violin, cello & piano- Maestoso

 

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