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American Piano Trios

Beach / Copland / Cowell / Hartley Trio
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Dal Segno   Catalog #: 57   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Amy Marcy BeachCharles IvesErnest BlochAaron Copland,   ... 
Performer:  Lionel HandyCaroline ClemmowJaqueline Hartley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hartley Piano Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dal Segno in a burst of reissues regale us afresh with discs that may well have escaped us first time around. This is a well mixed collection and is a successor to the Hartley Trio's British and Czech piano trio discs: Dvorák: Piano Trio in G minor, op.26*; Fibich: Trio in F minor* Gamut GAMCD 523 (1991); Bridge: Phantasie in C minor; Clarke: Piano Trio*; Ireland: Phantasie in A minor* Gamut GAMCD 518 (1990) 
I have not heard the others but this one adopts a warmly cloaked sound - a cocooned effect with calorific radiance aplenty.
 
The
Read more Beach is romantic and witty, rather Brahmsian yet pointed and florid. It's a confident piece of writing recalling the Franck chamber works. The Ives Trio - over three movements - manages both avant-garde and fragmented expressionism. Its second movement is frenetic and makes wildly anarchic and discordant play across some 20 popular tunes. It’s the sort of piece that would at one stage have appealed to Peter Maxwell Davies - it is termed TSIAJ (This Scherzo Is A Joke). The trio dissonantly melts Rock of Ages out of focus and back and out again. Fascinating.
 
Bloch, we are reminded by the pithy notes, became an American citizen in 1924, the same year in which he wrote these Three Nocturnes. The first of these is an Andante, highly intense and darkly optimistic with gritty courage and chiming beauty in the piano part at 00:29. The Andante quieto is tender and close to sentimental. Ruthless determination invigorates the Tempestoso which is further evidence that when Bloch sets about nocturne writing he is not interested just in sleep. It makes an edgy end to the Nocturnes. Copland's Vitebsk is dedicated to Roy Harris. It's a vinegary and uningratiating piece: much troubled, melodramatic and forthright. It ends quietly.
 
Henry Cowell is a fascinating composer and something of an undiscovered colossus such is the span of his output. His Trio - Four Combinations of Three Instruments - is another work in which dissonance is accommodated with subtlety alongside a more slowly evolutionary and limpid melodic line. Most striking of the movements is the dewdrop Bachian chiming and trilling of the final and magical Largo. The four movements deploy: I, violin and cello II, violin and piano, III, cello and piano, IV, all three instruments.
 
As is characteristic of these Dal Segnos no total playing time is declared and the notes are anonymous.
 
A subtle collection satisfyingly avoiding the obvious.
 
-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 150 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Lionel Handy (Cello), Caroline Clemmow (Piano), Jaqueline Hartley (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hartley Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1938; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello by Charles Ives
Performer:  Jaqueline Hartley (Violin), Lionel Handy (Cello), Caroline Clemmow (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hartley Piano Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1911; USA 
Length: 23 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Violin and Cello by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Jaqueline Hartley (Violin), Lionel Handy (Cello), Caroline Clemmow (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hartley Piano Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4. Vitebsk by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Jaqueline Hartley (Violin), Lionel Handy (Cello), Caroline Clemmow (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hartley Piano Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5. Trio "Four Combinations" by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Jaqueline Hartley (Violin), Lionel Handy (Cello), Caroline Clemmow (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hartley Piano Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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