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Bridge: Piano Trio No 2, Phantasie Trio, Miniatures / Wass, Liebeck, Chaushian


Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570792   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frank Bridge
Performer:  Alexander ChaushianJack LiebeckAshley Wass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BRIDGE Piano Trios: No. 1, “Phantasie”; No. 2. Miniatures: Set 1; Set 2; Set 3 Ashley Wass (pn); Jack Liebeck (vn); Alexander Chaushian (vc) NAXOS 8.570792 (72:47)


The half-hour Bridge Second Trio (1929) is one of the best things he ever wrote, some of the very strongest British chamber music of its time, along with Bridge’s own last two quartets. The opening is unforgettably bleak, and a Read more ripe expressionist drama unfolds. It is not as “advanced” as the music Webern and Schoenberg were writing 20 years earlier, yet at the same time it almost prefigures Shostakovich. Sound here is very good, and the playing has great commitment, concentration, and fleetness of foot. But the very stiff competition includes a live 1963 version with Britten, Menuhin, and Gendron, as well as a fine, cheap Helios disc.


Compared to the Trio No. 2, the rest of the CD offers salon music. The “Phantasie” Trio is much like the other Cobbett Prize-winning pieces by various composers, and it sounds faded to my ears, though these players give it everything. The Miniatures are slight character studies in late-19th century style, but they may be the disc’s main selling point for Bridge collectors. The Dussek Trio’s 1995 version is good, but these Naxos players make a strong case for the Miniatures , and the sound is better. This performance of the Second Trio won’t disappoint you either, if you get the Naxos disc for the other repertoire; though if you already have the Lyrita or Helios recordings, rest easy. If you have no Bridge Second Trio, do get the Britten version on BBC, even if you buy none of the other CDs. The new disc is highly recommended to admirers of the composer—two different composers, really, early and late, as this CD vividly demonstrates.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings in C minor, H 79 "Phantasie" by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Alexander Chaushian (Cello), Jack Liebeck (Violin), Ashley Wass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; England 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2, H 178 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano), Alexander Chaushian (Cello), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
3.
Miniatures for Piano Trio, Set 1, H 87 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Jack Liebeck (Violin), Ashley Wass (Piano), Alexander Chaushian (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: c1908; England 
4.
Miniatures for Piano Trio, Set 2, H 88 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin), Alexander Chaushian (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: c1908; England 
5.
Miniatures for Piano Trio, Set 3, H 89 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Alexander Chaushian (Cello), Jack Liebeck (Violin), Ashley Wass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: c1908; England 

Sound Samples

Phantasie Piano Trio in C minor, "Piano Trio No. 1": I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
Phantasie Piano Trio in C minor, "Piano Trio No. 1": II. Andante con molto espressione
Phantasie Piano Trio in C minor, "Piano Trio No. 1": III. Allegro scherzoso
Phantasie Piano Trio in C minor, "Piano Trio No. 1": IV. Allegro moderato
Piano Trio No. 2: I. Allegretto
Piano Trio No. 2: II. Molto allegro
Piano Trio No. 2: III. Andante molto
Piano Trio No. 2: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Miniatures for piano trio: Set 1: No. 1. Minuet
Miniatures for piano trio: Set 1: No. 2. Gavotte
Miniatures for piano trio: Set 1: No. 3. Allegretto
Miniatures for piano trio: Set 2: No. 4. Romance
Miniatures for piano trio: Set 2: No. 5. Intermezzo
Miniatures for piano trio: Set 2: No. 6. Saltarello
Miniatures for piano trio: Set 3: No. 7. Valse russe
Miniatures for piano trio: Set 3: No. 8. Hornpipe
Miniatures for piano trio: Set 3: No. 9. Marche militaire

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