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Tre Voci - works by Takemitsu, Debussy & Gubaidulina / Kim Kashkashian, Marina Piccinini, Sivan Magen

Album Summary

>Takemitsu, Toru : And then I knew it was the wind
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
>Gubaidulina, Sofia : The Garden of Joy and Sorrow, for flute, viola & harp
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Gubaidulina's 18-minute musical landscape...has been recorded before but these players guarantee it a more permanent place in the lists...At the core of this beautifully presented programme is a wonderfully keen-eared, uncommonly spacious account of Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola and harp.

Sunday Times, 2nd November 2014
Such trios hardly abound, but when Debussy wrote for this potently sensual combination in his 1915 Sonata, he knew what he was doing. This poised reading beautifully realises the work's restrained sensuality. Just as good are two later, meditative masterpieces in which time seems redefined.

The Guardian, 30th October 2014
[The Gubaidulina] is more robust than it can be, though still subtle and sensuous.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Tre Voci's exceptional musicianship makes apparent the creative kinship between these three beautiful works...Tre Voci brave the potentially harsh light of a close recording so that every nuance is captured, and Debussy's work emerges sounding contemporaneous with the more recent works.

Kim Kashkashian, who won a Grammy last year with her solo viola Kurtág/Ligeti disc, returns with a new trio. Tre Voci includes Italian-American flutist Marina Piccinini and Israeli harpist Sivan Magen. All three musicians have been acknowledged for bringing a new voice to their instruments. Kashkashian, Piccinini and Magen first played together at the 2010 Marlboro Music Festival, and agreed that the potential of this combination was too great to limit it to a single season. Since then they have been developing their repertoire. On this compelling first release it revolves around Debussy's 1915 Sonata for flute, viola and harp and its influence, most directly felt in Takemitsu's shimmering "And then I knew 'twas wind". Debussy himself had been profoundly moved by his encounter with music of the East and in his last works was emphasizing tone-color, texture and timbre and a different kind of temporal flow. In this music, the elasticity of Debussy's feeling for time (as Heinz Holliger observed) pointed far into the future and to the works of Boulez. And indeed to the music of Sofia Gubaidulina, whose "Garden of Joys and Sorrows" makes its own reckoning with orient and occident. Gubaidulina has said that she considers herself "a daughter of two worlds, whose soul lives in the music of the East and the West".

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
I feel very positive about this release as a whole. The three works balance well together, and the performers play them all with great attention to detail and emotional warmth. All three of these compositions have been recorded by the Aureole Trio. The Debussy is on Koch 7102 ( July/Aug 1993, p 188), the Gubaidulina on Koch 7055 (Nov/Dec 1991), Takemitsu on Koch 7449 (May/June 2001). They are fine performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano (04/2013).



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Works Details

>Takemitsu, Toru : And then I knew it was the wind
  • Ensemble: Tre Voci
  • Running Time: 15 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
  • Ensemble: Tre Voci
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : The Garden of Joy and Sorrow, for flute, viola & harp
  • Ensemble: Tre Voci
  • Running Time: 18 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1980