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Explore the Score- Schnittke String Trio

The new recording on Avie Records of Schnittke’s String Trio by Ensemble Epomeo is released on October 27th in the UK, November 10th in the USA, but available direct from the Downbeat Store via the link above. The disc also includes string trios by Penderecki, Kurtág and Weinberg Alfred Schnittke’s String Trio, composed in 1985, […]

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CD Review- Fiona Maddocks, The Observer on Brahms and Schoenberg with Epomeo and Swan

“Few, though, will have heard this nonet version of the Serenade, reconstructed by Alan Boustead in the 1980s, for strings, flute, two clarinets, bassoon and horn. In this live recording a slightly chubby ugly duckling in its orchestral format suddenly achieves lightness and clarity. Thanks to this aptly named Stratford-based ensemble, it has turned into […]

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CD Review- Classical CD Reviews on Verklarte Nacht and Brahms Serenade no. 1

The textures are appropriately bass heavy, and the two cellos dominate, but every line comes through with exceptional clarity. This gives the piece a new profile, with the complex but now clear counterpoint driving the music and leading the ear through the harmonic web. There is atmosphere here too, and much warmth in the ensemble’s sound, but that is never at the expense of the individual lines..

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Explore the Score- Arnold Schönberg, Verklärte Nacht

  [Click here to Explore the Score of the companion work on this CD- Brahms’s Serenade No. 1 in D major, Original Version for Nonet) The Brahms-Wagner rivalry was largely an affair of the press, whipped up by critics like the Brahmsian Eduard Hanslick and his pro-Wagnerian rivals. Brahms actually professed great admiration for Wagner’s […]

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Epomeo Play Krasa and Gal

CD Review- RECORDING OF THE MONTH: MusicWeb International, Steve Arloff on Gal/Krasa Complete String Trios

The disc leaves you feeling profoundly moved as well as drained and I can hardly imagine how it must feel to play such music. This is an extremely important musical document on all counts…

The Ensemble Epomeo play all four compositions with huge commitment and brilliant flair revealing every nuance in four wonderful works for string trio. In every way this is a fantastic disc that listeners will want to hear again and again.

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Ensemble Epomeo at the Red Velvet Room concert series

We had some lovely feedback from the presenters of our concert on Saturday. It’s especially gratifying when a presenter allows the artists to present an unusually thought-provoking and challenging program like this. I was especially taken by Ira’s statement that “It all sounds dark, but I can tell you that the light of humanity was […]

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Guest blog- You are never too important to carry bags

You are never too important to carry bags! Peter Davison, Artistic Consultant to The Bridgewater hall explains why he started a small festival in Birkenhead and how it has affected his work in Manchester As Artistic Consultant at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, you might imagine I have something like a dream-job in classical music. The hall is very much state-of-the […]

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Ensemble Epomeo: Composer Kile Smith on composer Alfred Schnittke

Ensemble Epomeo has been playing Kile Smith’s beautiful new string trio, Thrice Blest, a lot this year. Kile has managed to come to a couple of our performances, including our concert at the University of Pennsylvania a few days ago. He’s written a fascinating blog post, dealing in large part with his reactions to Schnittke’s […]

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On the skis, at the top of a new run, Part V

On tour with Ensemble Epomeo, Day 7 Yesterday morning, all that remained (after the stack of emails) was the final 100 miles or so to the Manchester Airport, a quick flight to Philly and concert at Penn. Hah! As we pulled away from the house, I heard an ominous noise. “Stop the car,” I told […]

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On the skis, at the top of a new run, Part II

On tour with Ensemble Epomeo, Day 2 and 3 We set off early for New Brunswick, with over 300 miles to cover. We’d never done such a big trip as a trio before (the previous record was more like 2 or 3 hours), but it was a pleasant drive in good company. Somewhere along the way, […]

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