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'Vox Balenae' - Trios by Ned Rorem, Kaija Saariaho, Bohuslav Martinu & George Crumb / Christina Fassbender, flute; Justus Grimm, cello; Florian Wiek, piano

Album Summary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Trio for flute, cello & piano
>Saariaho, Kaija : Cendres, for alto flute, cello & piano
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for flute, cello & piano, H. 300
>Crumb, George : Vox balaenae
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The first piece to be decided was Box Balaenae by George Crumb. This composition, embellished with theatrical elements tha tbreak down the boundaries between genres, has for some time now been part of Trio Wiek's repertoire and has therefore been made the cornerstone of this program. It is around this piece that all the other recordings are centred. As pianist Florian Wiek reports, it would be futile to search for a universal musicological term to sum up this selection. Indeed, "the repertoire for flute trio is limited" and - from an audience perspective, at least - there are few classics written for this highly unusual formation.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
This is a nicely varied and beautifully played recording. Christina Fassbender, flute, Justus Grimm, cello, and Florian Wiek, piano are fine and imaginative musicians and I am glad to have their unusual and highly attractive program. Take off your masks now, so we can see you in person!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reitstadel in Neumarkt (04/02/2012).



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Works Details

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Trio for flute, cello & piano
  • Ensemble: Trio Wiek
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960

>Saariaho, Kaija : Cendres, for alto flute, cello & piano
  • Ensemble: Trio Wiek
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991-1996

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for flute, cello & piano, H. 300
  • Ensemble: Trio Wiek
  • Running Time: 17 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Crumb, George : Vox balaenae :: electric flute, electric cello & electric piano
  • Ensemble: Trio Wiek
  • Running Time: 21 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971