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Ensemble Epomeo- Penderecki, Kurtág, Schnittke and Weinberg String Trio’s

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SUMMARY:

Following their critically acclaimed debut recording of the complete string trios of Hans Gál and Hans Krása, which garnered a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Ensemble Epomeo turns to music by Eastern European and Russian composers written in the latter half of the 20th century. Each work bears a distinct personal compositional stamp, providing for captivating listening and enlightening contrasts: the Polish Penderecki’s dramatic and lyrical String Trio of 1990 – 91, the Russian compositional giant Schnittke’s String Trio of 1985, the haunting Trio of the increasingly recognised and respected Weinberg from 1950, and the ever-enigmatic Hungarian Kurtág, whose continuously evolving signs, games and messages represent a collection of highly individual miniatures.

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“For its second disc – generously filled, and rewardingly programmed – string trio Ensemble Epomeo focuses on music composed in Eastern Europe and Russia in the late 20th century, playing with a remarkable intensity and elegant assurance throughout.

The threesome’s Schnittke String Trio bristles with detail – there are finely balanced chords moving from glowing diatonicism to harsh dissonance, and carefully shaped melodies with beautifully expressive vibrato – yet they never lose sight of the work’s broader architecture, nor of its poignant, increasingly bleak mood. Penderecki’s String Trio gives the players the chance to shine individually in vividly dispatched cadenzas – David Yang on viola is lithe and expressive, cellist Kenneth Woods nimble and mischievous, and violinist Diane Pascal forcefully assertive – and there’s a persuasive rhythmic drive to their propulsive closing movement.

They expertly summon vivid sound images for a selection of miniatures from Kurtág’s Signs, Games and Messages, and there’s abundant lyricism in their Weinberg String Trio, not least in Woods’s gracefully phrased opening cello line….Recorded sound..is warm and resonant.”

— The Strad

SUMMARY:

Following their critically acclaimed debut recording of the complete string trios of Hans Gál and Hans Krása, which garnered a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Ensemble Epomeo turns to music by Eastern European and Russian composers written in the latter half of the 20th century. Each work bears a distinct personal compositional stamp, providing for captivating listening and enlightening contrasts: the Polish Penderecki’s dramatic and lyrical String Trio of 1990 – 91, the Russian compositional giant Schnittke’s String Trio of 1985, the haunting Trio of the increasingly recognised and respected Weinberg from 1950, and the ever-enigmatic Hungarian Kurtág, whose continuously evolving signs, games and messages represent a collection of highly individual miniatures.

TRACKLIST:

Alfred Schnittke (1934 – 98)
String Trio (26.34)
1. I. Moderato (14.25)
2. II. Adagio (12.09)
Mieczieslaw Weinberg (1919 – 96)
String Trio (17.16)
3. I. Allegro con moto (7.14)
4. II. Andante (5.11)
5. III. Moderato assai (4.51)
György Kurtág (b. 1926)
signs, games, and messages (11.37)
6. Virag az ember (1.46)
7. Perpetuum mobile (1.26)
8. Ligatura Y 
(2.35)
9. Jelek VI (0.49)
10. Virag – Zsigmondy Denesnek (1.57)
11. Pizzicato-keringo 
(1.41)
12. Hommage a J.S.B. (1.23)
Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933)
String Trio (14.40)
13. I. Allegro molto (9.26)
14. II. Vivace (5.14)
Total time: 71.21

Recorded 6-10 February 2014 at Bengrove House, Somerset, England
Recording produced, engineered and edited by Simon Fox-Gál

– See more at: http://www.avie-records.com/releases/string-trios-by-kurtag-penderecki-schnittke-weinberg/#sthash.kCbBaORv.dpuf

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