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Alfred Felder (b.1950): The Second Attention; Antonín Dvorák: Dumky-Trio, Op. 90 / Trio Artemis

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166 "Dumky"
>Felder, Alfred : The Second Attention, for piano trio
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The history of the Swiss ensemble, Trio Artemis, has been a success story since its formation in 1995. They are known for their wide-ranging repertoire and adventuresome programming.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Dvorak's strikingly original, six-movement Dumky Trio often seems more like a concerto for piano, violin, and cello than chamber music. The Artemis Trio - violinist Katja Hess, cellist Bettina Macher, and pianist Felicitas Strack - are ideally suited to this music. They perform with power, sweep, and intense emotion. Hess and Macher both play with melting tones. Strack adds polished, sensitive support. Composer Alfred Felder's six-movement Second Attention is an excellent companion piece. The title refers to the heightened state of consciousness obtained through dreams, premonitions, and visions. In his program note, Felder writes about his long-time interest in shamanism. The headings of the different movements - The Journey, The Second Attention, The Hunter/The Prey - refer to shamanistic ritual. A gong, maracas, and other percussion instruments produce George Crumb-like sound effects. They are enjoyable all the same. Artemis gives this music its due, playing with rhythmic drive and color. The sound is immediate and alive, a big improvement over what we hear in the bottom-of-a-well sound in the Dumky.


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Works Details

>Dvorak, Antonin : Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166 "Dumky"
  • Ensemble: Trio Artemis
  • Running Time: 29 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Felder, Alfred : The Second Attention, for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Trio Artemis
  • Running Time: 21 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary