Notes and Editorial Reviews
Galant in style, with an almost Romantic penchant, Amédée Rasetti (1759–1799) was a solid composer who wrote music that is fluent, fun, and pretty. Too pretty, really. We have heard pieces like these before, but mercifully we have forgotten them all, so we can listen to these trios with a fresh ear.
The excellent performers (pianist Jan Philip Schulze, flutist Andrea Lieberknecht, and bassoonist Dag Jensen) do their best to sell this material and almost manage to convince me. They play with flair, flexibility, buoyancy, love, and humor (the jolly Allegro assai of Trio No. 1, to give but one example, is pure bravado tinged with an ironic verve that works wonders for the music, and would, by itself, be worth the
price of the CD!). The three musicians are well matched in technical prowess (some of the playing is devilishly fast!) and lyrical gifts, and extract obvious pleasure from the task at hand, which would discourage less adventurous souls.
To the listener, this is a CD worth knowing, although Rasetti might not be a composer to pursue in the future, especially since it is unlikely that he will deserve another performance as accomplished as the present one.
Laura Rónai, FANFARE
Works on This Recording
Trios (3) for Piano, Flute/Violin and Bassoon/Cello, Op. 13 by Amédée Rasetti
Written: 1799; France
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