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Pas De Trois - Van Beurden, Feld, Freund, Froom, Goldstein


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Crystal   Catalog #: 358   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jindrich FeldBernard van BeurdenDavid FroomPerry Goldstein,   ... 
Performer:  Kenneth TseBenjamin CoelhoAlan Huckleberry
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From Crystal comes yet another program of stimulating chamber works by fairly obscure composers. As usual, it is beautifully performed and recorded with great presence.

The best-known name here is probably that of Jindrich Feld, a Czech composer (b. 1925). A CD of Feld’s Flute Concertos is available on the Pavane label, and his Flute Sonata was once recorded by James Galway. Like that sonata, Feld’s Trio giocoso is a lively scherzando work with a pensive central slow movement. It was originally written for a trio of clarinet, bassoon, and piano, but the composer revised the clarinet part for saxophone. (Only the pieces by David Froom and Perry Goldstein were specifically composed for this unusual combination.) Feld’s father
Read more was a violin teacher, and young Jindrich studied violin and viola—but on this showing, he is clearly au fait with wind instruments and also the piano, which has a showy and by no means supporting role.

Ballet informs the trio by Dutch composer Bernard van Beurden (b. 1933). A virtuoso Ouverture brings the neo-Classical Stravinsky ballet scores to mind. It is followed by a song-like Pastorale and closes with a lively Tarantella. Again, all three instruments are given an extensive workout.

The looser form of variations allows Californian David Froom (b. 1951) to range freely through differing styles, and to contrast meditative segments with faster music, much of which is dazzling and even aggressive. In this 11-minute rhapsody, all the thematic material is drawn from the initial Arirang melody, a traditional Korean tune sung to “a departing loved one.” It is warmly played at the opening by Benjamin Coelho’s bassoon.

Noir, by New Yorker Perry Goldstein (b. 1952) is fragmentary in nature. This work proceeds in a cumulative way, using disparate “building blocks” of music—along the same structural lines as Tippett’s Second Piano Sonata—that eventually coalesce. An especially compelling passage occurs around 6:04, when short bursts of figuration from the piano and bassoon transform into an accompaniment to a long, lyrical line from the alto sax. One by one, the other instruments discard their busy material and become more melodic, evincing a real sense of progress and growth.

The longest work (at 17:24) is Louder than Words by Don Freund (b. 1947). This trio also exists in versions for alto sax, tenor sax and piano, or trumpet, tenor sax and piano. As the latter lineup would suggest, there is some jazz influence in the work but it is not all pervading. At one point, a quotation is heard from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, and other stylistic references vary from a Coplandesque waltz to a conga. Sections of the work are separated by a ritornello comprised of driving, scale-based figures requiring fleet-fingered skill from the performers.

The three musicians on this disc have previously recorded for Crystal. In Fanfare 29:5, I reviewed a fine recital by Benjamin Coelho; it is a pleasure to re-encounter his artistry and full, rich tone. Kenneth Tse (who commissioned and premiered the Froom and Goldstein works) and Alan Huckleberry are likewise first-class musicians, both technically adroit and completely at the service of these composers. If the rare combination of instruments intrigues, you won’t be disappointed.

FANFARE: Phillip Scott
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Works on This Recording

1. Trio giocoso for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano by Jindrich Feld
Performer:  Kenneth Tse (Saxophone), Benjamin Coelho (Bassoon), Alan Huckleberry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Venue:  Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa, 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
2. Pas de trois by Bernard van Beurden
Performer:  Kenneth Tse (Saxophone), Benjamin Coelho (Bassoon), Alan Huckleberry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; The Netherlands 
Venue:  Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa, 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
3. Arirang Variations by David Froom
Performer:  Kenneth Tse (Saxophone), Benjamin Coelho (Bassoon), Alan Huckleberry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005 
Venue:  Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa, 
Length: 10 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
4. Noir by Perry Goldstein
Performer:  Kenneth Tse (Saxophone), Benjamin Coelho (Bassoon), Alan Huckleberry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999 
Venue:  Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa, 
Length: 14 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
5. Louder than Words by Don Freund
Performer:  Kenneth Tse (Saxophone), Benjamin Coelho (Bassoon), Alan Huckleberry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001 
Venue:  Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa, 
Length: 17 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 

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