Music played by the
Kandinsky Trio -
'... one of the most attractive chamber music recordings ...'
This is one of the most attractive chamber music recordings to come my
way recently, and I have no reservation in recommending it wholeheartedly.
The recording is well produced, with excellent notes by William Badgett,
and the sound quality is extremely good. Beyond that however, the
programme itself is so admirable.
The Kandinsky Trio are currently
celebrating their seventeenth season and continually expanding their repertoire.
This recording includes an early (1892) Trio by Rachmaninov, a single
movement of passionate breadth and youthful vigour, and an attractive
though not particularly strong piece by Chien-Tai Chen which donates its
title to the whole disc. There are three Minatures by Frank Bridge,
beautiful little pieces which begin with an inventive view of the Minuet
[listen -- track 9, 0:00-0:49] and the
recently discovered Four Combinations for
Three Instruments by Henry Cowell which inevitably explores his much loved
cluster sounds [listen -- track 7, 0:00-0:40].
Copyright © 25 December 2003
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK