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The Piano Tuner / Contemporary Piano Trios

Audio Samples

>Beamish, Sally : The Seafarer Trio, for piano trio
>Weir, Judith : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2
>Osborne, Nigel : The Piano Tuner, for piano trio

Album Summary

>Beamish, Sally : The Seafarer Trio, for piano trio
>Weir, Judith : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2
>Osborne, Nigel : The Piano Tuner, for piano trio
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On this second recording for Delphian, the Fidelio Trio brings together works by three of Scotland’s leading composers. Alexander McCall Smith narrates Sally Beamish’s The Seafarer Trio with mingled intimacy and plangency, lending his inimitable luster to this collection of world premiere recordings. Alexander McCall Smith is currently the world’s 19th best selling author, and his biggest market is the US.

"As bracing as a splash of water from a highland stream ... This kind of music is food and drink to the Fidelio Trio and it gives surefooted, rhythmically alive, directly communicative performances of all three works, which Delphian offers in a warm and immediate recording." - International Record Review

"...poignant poetic expression goes hand in hand with tough counterpoint, making [Osborne's] work alluring to heart and mind. Sally Beamish's The Seafarer Trio (2000) opens the recital. It's a hypnotic, meditative work, enhanced here by the restrained but resonant tones of the reciter...The fine Fidelio Trio plays each piece with deft understanding of its aesthetic stance." -Sunday Times****

"Beamish combin[es] words and music in a direct and often confrontational manner...the overall impression remains one of elements that complement each other at a remove: the music tending to form an atmospheric yet often distanced backdrop to the magisterial text...a thought-provoking release" -Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh / 12a Grosve (2009-09-08_2009-09-10&2009-).



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Works Details

>Beamish, Sally : The Seafarer Trio, for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Fidelio Trio
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh / 12a Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh (2009-09-08_2009-09-10&2009-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Weir, Judith : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2
  • Ensemble: Fidelio Trio
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh / 12a Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh (2009-09-08_2009-09-10&2009-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Osborne, Nigel : The Piano Tuner, for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Fidelio Trio
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh / 12a Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh (2009-09-08_2009-09-10&2009-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music