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Kandinsky Trio - Trios in Foreign Lands. © 2003 Brioso

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].

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Copyright © 25 December 2003 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


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