Gerhard, Cassadó & Montsalvatge: Piano Trios

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Gerhard, Cassadó & Montsalvatge: Piano Trios



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3rd Jan 2012




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Gerhard, Cassadó & Montsalvatge: Piano Trios


Piano Trio in C major


Piano Trio


Piano Trio

Trio Arriaga



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These three Catalan piano trios reveal illuminating facets of each composer. Roberto Gerhard’s early trio exudes a distinctly French ethos, alongside that of de Falla, very different from his later asperity. Xavier Montsalvatge’s much later work, written between 1986 and 1988, owes its origin to disparate sources but forms an impressive whole, and is lyrical, expressive, sensual and dance-like in turn. Admired as a cellist, Gaspar Cassadó composed a brilliantly virtuoso trio, influenced by earlier Spanish models, but revealing great panache and considerable demands via guitar imitations, malagueña rhythms and lashings of folkloric brio.

Roberto Gerhard: Piano Trio

I. Modere

II. Tres calme

III. Vif

Xavier Montsalvatge: Piano Trio

I. Balada a Dulcinea

II. Dialogo con Mompou

III. Ritornello

Gaspar Cassado: Piano Trio in C major

I. Allegro risoluto

II. Tempo moderato e pesante - Allegro giusto

III. Recitativo: Moderato ed appassionato

MusicWeb International

May 2012

“The Trio Arriaga are able to adapt themselves well to the styles of Gerhard and Montsalvatge...and technically leave nothing to be desired, although I think the engineering makes violinist Felipe Rodríguez sound more strident than he must be in concert..this is a fine sampler for the adventurous”

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