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Naxos’s acclaimed recordings of the music of John Ireland continue with this disc of the three piano trios and music for violin and piano.
The tuneful Phantasie Trio of 1908 was one of the first of his works to bring him to public notice. The Second Piano Trio (1917) reflected Ireland’s intensely emotional response to World War 1, while his Third Piano Trio (1938) returned for its inspiration and musical material to his earlier Clarinet Trio of 1912-13, withdrawn shortly after its composition, to which Ireland added a new slow movement of great lyrical beauty.
The shorter pieces for violin and piano highlight Ireland’s melodic gifts.
John Ireland: Phantasie-Trio in A minor
Phantasie-Trio in A minor
John Ireland: Piano Trio No. 2 in E major
Piano Trio No. 2 in E major
John Ireland: Piano Trio No. 3 in E major-minor
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo: Vivace
III. Andante cantabile
IV. Finale: Con moto
John Ireland: Berceuse
John Ireland: Cavatina
John Ireland: Bagatelle
John Ireland: 4 Preludes: No. 3. The Holy Boy (arr. for violin and piano)
4 Preludes: No. 3. The Holy Boy (arr. for violin and piano)
“These excellent performances are distinguished by beauty of tone and a rhythmic spring and alertness that has not always been Ireland's lot… the Gould Trio bring out the music's rhythmic variety, the nervous strength in the way the lines - admirably balanced in Naxos's recording - are made to work against each other.”
“…Ireland… plundered material from the Clarinet Trio in D… for the last of his piano trios. …this is one of Ireland's most effortlessly fluent and approachable works… The Gould Piano Trio lend it exquisitely refined, infectiously eager advocacy… and it is preceded by similarly lithe and luminous accounts of the endearing Phantasie Trio and magnificent Second Trio from 1917...”
28th May 2009
“This is a fascinating disc, illuminating Ireland’s natural affinity with the medium of the piano trio and its capacity – coincidentally shared by so many Russian piano trios – for voicing sentiments of an elegiac frame of mind.”