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Merit - Contemporary American Piano Trios Vol 2


Release Date: 04/25/2000 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 4933   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gunther SchullerUrsula MamlokOlly WilsonMel Powell,   ... 
Performer:  Miwako WatanabeNathan SchwartzBonnie Hampton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Francesco Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The piano trio is a genre that was nurtured by a number of key 19th Century composers. The trios of Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms are the cornerstones of this repertoire. The piano trio has not been neglected in the 20th Century, however. Indeed, such composers as Korngold, Ravel, Ives, Shostakovich, and Schnittke have all turned to it. This recording by the Francesco Trio presents piano trios by American composers from the latter half of the 20th Century.
What makes this a fascinating recording is the sheer variety of ways in which the composers explore the piano trio. A good example is the one by Gunther Schuller. Intellectual probing is mixed with passionate declamation throughout the work. The third movement, "With Swing," is
Read more dotted with jazz rhythms that are hallmarks of Schuller's style. The Francesco Trio is a winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and is comprised of supremely gifted musicians. These piano trios make great technical demands for the performers, including complicated pizzicato passages for the string players and knuckle-busting tone clusters for the pianist. The Francesco Trio makes this a challenging and engaging recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings by Gunther Schuller
Performer:  Miwako Watanabe (Violin), Nathan Schwartz (Piano), Bonnie Hampton (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Francesco Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
2.
Panta Rhei by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Miwako Watanabe (Violin), Nathan Schwartz (Piano), Bonnie Hampton (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Francesco Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings by Olly Wilson
Performer:  Miwako Watanabe (Violin), Nathan Schwartz (Piano), Bonnie Hampton (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Francesco Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
4.
Piano Trio '94 by Mel Powell
Performer:  Nathan Schwartz (Piano), Miwako Watanabe (Violin), Bonnie Hampton (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Francesco Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
5.
Trio for Piano and Strings by Robert Helps
Performer:  Miwako Watanabe (Violin), Nathan Schwartz (Piano), Bonnie Hampton (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Francesco Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 

Sound Samples

Piano Trio: I. Allegro vigoroso, passionato, cantabile
Piano Trio: II. Adagio, teneramente
Piano Trio: III. With Swing
Panta rhei (Time in Flux): I. Agitato
Panta rhei (Time in Flux): II. Vivace, misterioso - In waltz time
Panta rhei (Time in Flux): III. Molto tranquillo
Panta rhei (Time in Flux): IV. Allegro energico
Panta rhei (Time in Flux): V. Distant
Piano Trio: I. Introduction
Piano Trio: II. Trio
Piano Trio: III. Postlude
Piano Trio '94
Piano Trio: I. Mesto
Piano Trio: II. Molto marcato - Molto allegro
Piano Trio: III. Maestoso

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