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Breton: Piano Trio In E, Piezas Espanolas / LOM Piano Trio

Release Date: 08/26/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570713   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Tomás Bretón
Performer:  Jose MorJoan OrpellaDaniel Ligorio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LOM Piano Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BRETÓN Piano Trio in E. 4 piezas españolas LOM Pn Tr NAXOS 8.570713 (53:26)

As you would expect from a composer of popular zarzuelas ( La verbena de paloma being the best known), this is tuneful music with a generally sunny outlook.

The Trio (1887) is an extended work in four movements, to some extent utilizing themes with a Spanish inflection, but not neglecting counterpoint Read more or thematic development. The first movement feels a little drawn out at 12 minutes, but overall this is music of substance and point. I especially enjoyed the plaintive slow movement and the spirited finale.

The Four Spanish Pieces of 1911 are lighter, with cleaner textures and a stylistic basis in dance. The titles explain: “Danza oriental,” “Scherzo andaluz,” “Bolero,” and “Polo gitano.” Subtle use is made of string pizzicato in the latter. More straightforward than Turina’s similar chamber works, and a less earthy evocation of Spain than that of Albéniz or even Carmen , this neglected set of pieces is a delightful discovery.

The LOM Trio—the name apparently derives from the first letter of the three last names—includes the excellent pianist Daniel Ligorio, who has recorded Falla’s complete piano music for this label. The other musicians are violinist Joan Orpella and cellist José Mor. All play with poise and energy when required. I wish they had been recorded with a little more space between the instruments, as some of the thicker textures in Bretón’s Piano Trio suffer as a result. Recommended nevertheless, especially for the Four Spanish Pieces.

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Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings in E major by Tomás Bretón
Performer:  Jose Mor (Cello), Joan Orpella (Violin), Daniel Ligorio (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LOM Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1891; Spain 
Length: 34 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Cuatro piezas espanolas (4) by Tomás Bretón
Performer:  Jose Mor (Cello), Daniel Ligorio (Piano), Joan Orpella (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LOM Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Length: 18 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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 Have you been to the Alhambra? January 31, 2013 By Patricia W. (Big Arm, MT) See All My Reviews "Well, if you have you will relive the experience if you listen to the first of the four Spanish pieces. If not you could look at a photo of it and enjoy it almost as much while listening. Haunting, enchanting and enticing. And the rest of the disc is a nice addition." Report Abuse
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