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Spheres / Claremont Trio

Paterson / Claremont Trio / Moon Trio
Release Date: 01/20/2017 
Label:  American Modern Recordings   Catalog #: 1046  
Composer:  Robert Paterson
Performer:  Donna KwongKaren Ouzounian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Spheres features one of America's greatest piano trios, the Claremont Trio, and consists of three trios by Robert Paterson: Sun Trio, Moon Trio and Elegy for two cellos and piano. The Claremonts are joined by their former pianist Donna Kwong for the Sun Trio, and cellist Karen Ouzounian for the Elegy. The entire album was recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City and produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by legendary producer and engineer Adam Abeshouse. Robert Paterson and the Claremont Trio first became acquainted through Adam Abeshouse. Paterson asked, "which is the best piano trio you've worked with recently?" Without hesitation, Adam said, Oh, Rob, the Claremont Trio, of course." Paterson then Read more contacted the trio, sent them a copy of his Sun Trio, and waited to hear back. Fortunately, they liked his trio, and agreed to record it for this album, but at the time, Paterson had no idea what the other works would be on the album. After recording Paterson's Sun Trio, the Claremont Trio suggested the idea of Paterson composing a brand new trio especially for their ensemble, and for this album, which ended up being Moon Trio. To round out the album, Paterson suggested his Elegy for two cellos and piano. All three of the works on Spheres are inspired by or have something to do with celestial bodies—the sun, moon and the cosmos. Read less

Works on This Recording

Moon Trio by Robert Paterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Trio
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; United States 
Sun Trio by Robert Paterson
Performer:  Donna Kwong (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; United States 
Elegy for 2 Cellos & Piano by Robert Paterson
Performer:  Karen Ouzounian (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Trio
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006-2007 / 2008; United States 

Customer Reviews

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 From MainlyPiano December 21, 2017 By Kathy Parsons See All My Reviews ""Spheres: The Music of Robert Paterson" is a collection of two trios and an elegy composed by Robert Paterson and performed by The Claremont Trio. Paterson has been described as a “modern day master” and his music has earned accolades as well as awards and grants in virtually every classical category. The son of a sculptor and a painter, Paterson composed his first piece at the age of thirteen. He is the founder, artistic director, and house composer of the American Modern Ensemble, which spotlights American music via lively thematic programming. He also directs the affiliated record label, American Modern Recordings (AMR). Paterson holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM), Indiana University (MM), and Cornell University (DMA) and gives master classes at colleges and universities all over the country. His new opera, Three Way, will have its premier later this year. ??The Claremont Trio has been called “one of America’s finest young chamber groups” and was formed in 1999 at the Juilliard School by twin sisters Emily (violin) and Julia (cello) Bruskin and pianist Donna Kwong. Andrea Lam is currently the principal pianist for the Trio, and both she and Kwong perform on this album. Spheres is the Claremont Trio’s sixth album. “Moon Trio” (2015) was commissioned by the Claremont Trio and Rick Teller and consists of four movements. “Moonbeams” has a playful interaction between the three instruments that is bright and lively, mysterious, and often shimmering. There seems to be a fair amount of humor in “Lunatic Asylum,” a piece that avoids going over the top, but just barely. The themes are constantly changing in mood and style, which makes the piece very memorable and fun to listen to - a favorite. “Blue Moon” is more dreamlike with elements of mystery and drama. “Moon Trip” is a musical ride on a rocket ship from lift-off to finding solid ground. More ambient than melodic, it’s a fascinating excursion. “Sun Trio” was composed for the same instrumentation as “Moon Trio,” this time featuring pianist, Donna Kwong. This work has five movements and originated in 1995 when Paterson was scoring a documentary, and was revised in 2008. “Sun Day” seeks to evoke feelings that are experienced when “mid-day sunbeams appear from between the clouds and warm your skin” (quoted from the liner notes). “Sunset” is much darker and more mysterious, with hints of a tango and nighttime magic. The other three movements are “Absence of Sun,” “Sunrise,” and “Sun Dance.” “Elegy for Two Cellos and Piano” is performed by Julia Bruskin, Karen Ouzounian (cello), and Andrea Lam. With references to two of JS Bach’s Cello Suites as well as one of his Preludes, it was originally composed in memory of cellist Charles P. McCracken. The piece is also about the loss of innocence from childhood to adulthood and how too many people lose their sense of childlike curiosity and playfulness along the way. Smoother and more melodic than some of the other tracks, this piece is quite elegant and very beautiful. "Spheres" is a fascinating and very enjoyable listening experience, but it does have its challenging moments. Robert Paterson’s music is more lyrical and accessible than many modern classical composers’ and the musicianship of the Claremont Trio is breath-taking." Report Abuse
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