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String Trios by Penderecki, Kurtag, Schnittke, Weinberg / Ensemble Epomeo

Album Summary

>Schnittke, Alfred : Trio for violin, viola & cello
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Trio for violin, viola & cello, Op. 48
>Kurtág, György : Pilinszky János - Gérard de Nerval, Op. 5b
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : String Trio
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Notes & Reviews:

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 recognized 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.

MusicWeb International
Ensemble Epomeo play all four compositions with huge commitment and brilliant flair, revealing every nuance in four wonderful works for string trio. These can sit alongside anything written in this genre.

Following their critically acclaimed debut recording of the complete string trios of Hans Gal and Hans Krasa, 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 recognized and respected Weinberg from 1950, and the ever-enigmatic Hungarian Kurtag, whose continuously evolving signs, games and messages represent a collection of highly individual miniatures.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
All of this music has been recorded previously, but the present program puts it in context among friends and neighbors. Ensemble Epomeo is a fine trio of performers, and the recorded quality is resonant and clear. You won't go wrong with this release even if you already own the classic Schnittke recording by Kremer, Bashmet and Rostropovich (Nov/Dec 1996, Ashby). A new take of this quality never hurts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bengrove House, Somerset, England (02/06/2014-02/10/2014).



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Works Details

>Schnittke, Alfred : Trio for violin, viola & cello
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Epomeo
  • Notes: Bengrove House, Somerset, England (02/06/2014-02/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Trio for violin, viola & cello, Op. 48
  • Notes: Bengrove House, Somerset, England (02/06/2014-02/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Kurtág, György : Pilinszky János - Gérard de Nerval, Op. 5b
  • Notes: Bengrove House, Somerset, England (02/06/2014-02/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : String Trio
  • Notes: Bengrove House, Somerset, England (02/06/2014-02/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1990-1991