Milhaud & Martinu: Complete Works For String Trio

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Milhaud & Martinu: Complete Works For String Trio

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21st July 2017

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58 minutes

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Milhaud & Martinu: Complete Works For String Trio


Martinu:

String Trio No. 1, H. 136

String Trio No. 2, H. 238

Milhaud:

String Trio, Op. 274

Sonatine a trois, Op. 221b


Jacques Thibaud String Trio: Burkhard Maiß, Hannah Strijbos, Bogdan Jianu

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Darius Milhaud and Bohuslav Martinů – contemporaries during the early twentieth century: contrasting both composers’ complete works for string trio reveals four marvels of intimate music-making, realised by the Jacques Thibaud Trio with their own artistic instinct and flair.

There are several parallels to be found in the lives of the Southern French composer Darius Milhaud (1892- 1974) and the Moravian-Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959). Both needed the metropolis of Paris, that seething artistic melting pot after the First World War, in order to refine their originality; both were open to all kinds of musical styles, from South American folklore to North American jazz through to Bachian counterpoint; finally, both had to flee the Germans in France in 1940, heading for the USA – Milhaud on account of being a Jew, and Martinů as a patriotic Czech in exile.

The two composers’ complete works for string trio uncover various similarities –Martinů’s trios were written in Paris, whilst Milhaud did not compose his until he had reached America.

The works are characterised by a playful, spirited tone as well as the charm of Mediterranean and Czech folk tunes. But there is also what Milhaud termed, and valued, as “discipline” in chamber music: strict counterpoint and technical skill – utilised radically, without slipping into dry pedantry. These are four marvels of intimate music-making, assembled by the Jacques Thibaud Trio with their own artistic instinct and flair.

Darius Milhaud: String Trio, Op. 274

String Trio, Op. 274: I. Vif

String Trio, Op. 274: II. Modéré

String Trio, Op. 274: III. Sérénade: Alerte

String Trio, Op. 274: IV. Canons: Lent et très expressif

String Trio, Op. 274: V. Jeu Fugué: Vif

Darius Milhaud: Sonatine à 3, Op. 221b

Sonatine à 3, Op. 221b: I. Très Modéré

Sonatine à 3, Op. 221b: II. Contrepoint: Lent

Sonatine à 3, Op. 221b: III. Anime

Bohuslav Martinů: String Trio No. 1, H. 136

String Trio No. 1, H. 136: I. Allegro

String Trio No. 1, H. 136: II. Andante

String Trio No. 1, H. 136: III. Poco allegro

Bohuslav Martinů: String Trio No. 2, H. 238

String Trio No. 2, H. 238: I. Allegro

String Trio No. 2, H. 238: II. Poco moderato - Vivo – Allegro ma non troppo

The Guardian

20th July 2017

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“This recording from the Jacques Thibaud String Trio gives everything an essential quality. It’s a sound perfect for French music, stripped back and quicksilver, but I also love their fearless way with Martinů’s jagged edges.”

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