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Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES

Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD350
UPC: 855317003509
  1. 01 – Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67 – I. Andante
  2. 02 – Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67 – II. Allegro con brio
  3. 03 – Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67 – III. Largo
  4. 04 – Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67 – IV. Allegretto
  5. 05 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 1 – I. Prelude
  6. 06 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 1 – II. Andante lamentoso
  7. 07 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 1 – III. Presto
  8. 08 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 2 Triptych – The Mirror with Three Faces – I. Prelude
  9. 09 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 2 Triptych – The Mirror with Three Faces – II. First Unfolding
  10. 10 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 2 Triptych – The Mirror with Three Faces – III. Second Unfolding
  11. 11 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 2 Triptych – The Mirror with Three Faces – VI. TellÕem What You See
  12. 12 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 2 Triptych – The Mirror with Three Faces – V. Folding – Postlude
DELTA PIANO TRIO – THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES

The Delta Piano Trio enjoys a special relationship with composer Lera Auerbach. Whilst searching for contemporary repertoire the group fell in love with Auerbach’s piano trios, performing them regularly and, after writing to her about them, enjoying the opportunity to work on this music together with the composer. This experience has given these musicians a unique insight into Auerbach’s piano trios. The title of this CD was inspired by Auerbach’s second piano trio, Tryptych – The Mirror with Three Faces (2012). The work, which is at the heart of this disc, follows the physical construction of a hinged mirror, and Auerbach speaks of it in terms of a theatre piece in which three individuals have their own separate stories but are part of a single entity. Yet there is an ambiguity about the reflection in the mirror – is it three facets of the same person, or three separate images?
Auerbach’s Piano Trio No. 1 is one of her earliest works, with fascinating allusions to 19th- and 20th-century musical traditions, yet with the addition of very specific effects which imbue her music with a unique spectrum of colours. The influence of Shostakovich is audible in Auerbach’s Piano Trio No. 1, and this disc opens with Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2. The opening movement is a paradoxical combination of rigorous counterpoint and ethereal harmonics, followed by a more forceful, rustic and ironic second movement. A mournful passacaglia follows, and the work concludes with a haunting ‘Dance of Death’.
The Delta Piano Trio hails from The Netherlands but met in Austria, where they soon discovered a wonderful personal and music rapport; a unique and infectious friendship which is communicated in the joy and intimacy of their performances. The Delta Piano Trio has performed extensively in Europe, Russia, Israel, China, South Korea and the United States, including concerts at the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, the New York Chamber Music Festival, and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Trio has also won prizes at numerous international competitions.

Booklet in English, German, Dutch and French.
Program notes by Hugh Collins Rice.

Reviews

“… an instant ear grabber… Gerard Spronk, Irene Enzlin and Vera Kooper are the excellent trio players, and Odradek’s new Italian studio sounds idyllic.”
Slipped Disc - Norman Lebrecht / December 2017

Performance: ****
Recording: *****
“The Delta Piano Trio deliver a very powerful and convincing account of Shostakovich’s Second Piano Trio, one which takes nothing in the music for granted. Throughout, there is a keen attention to details often overlooked by other interpreters…”
BBC Music Magazine - Erik Levi / May 2018

“… a vivid, wide-eyed performance… I found it irresistible.”
Gramophone - Richard Bratby / April 2018

“I cannot speak highly enough of the Delta Piano Trio. If this adventurous issue is anything to go by, theirs is a future of infinite promise. The Odradek recording is absolutely outstanding…”
MusicWeb International - Richard Hanlon / June 2018

“The playing of the ‘Deltas’ is highly concentrated and of equal intellectual clarity, while infinitely fragile, even tender, spiced with a pinch of nostalgia… the famous Trio no. 2 by Shostakovich bursts with vitality.”
Trouw - Christo Leli / March 2018

“… rhythmically strong… sparkling… the Delta Piano Trio has a common vision…”
Recensie de Volkskrant / March 2018

“The Shostakovich is a gutsy performance, magnificent in its grasp and fully in tune with the composer’s many faces… The piano is superbly recorded, and the balance between the three musicians expertly judged… A wonderful, enriching performance…”
International Piano Magazine - Colin Clarke / September/October 2018

01 – Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67 – I. Andante // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  1. 01 – Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67 – I. Andante // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  2. 02 – Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67 – II. Allegro con brio // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  3. 03 – Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67 – III. Largo // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  4. 04 – Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67 – IV. Allegretto // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  5. 05 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 1 – I. Prelude // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  6. 06 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 1 – II. Andante lamentoso // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  7. 07 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 1 – III. Presto // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  8. 08 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 2 Triptych – The Mirror with Three Faces – I. Prelude // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  9. 09 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 2 Triptych – The Mirror with Three Faces – II. First Unfolding // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  10. 10 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 2 Triptych – The Mirror with Three Faces – III. Second Unfolding // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  11. 11 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 2 Triptych – The Mirror with Three Faces – VI. TellÕem What You See // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES
  12. 12 – Auerbach – Piano Trio No. 2 Triptych – The Mirror with Three Faces – V. Folding – Postlude // Delta Piano Trio - THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES