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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
II. Tres calme
Xavier Montsalvatge: Piano Trio
I. Balada a Dulcinea
II. Dialogo con Mompou
Gaspar Cassado: Piano Trio in C major
I. Allegro risoluto
II. Tempo moderato e pesante - Allegro giusto
III. Recitativo: Moderato ed appassionato
“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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