Discovering the Classical String Trio, Vol 2

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Johann Ignaz Klausek, Carlo Antonio Campioni, François-Joseph Gossec, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Christoph Bach, Jean-Baptiste Sébastien Bréval

Genre:

Chamber

Label: MSR Classics

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: MS1622

MS1622. Discovering the Classical String Trio, Vol 2

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Trio Johann Ignaz Klausek Composer
The Vivaldi Project
Sonata Carlo Antonio Campioni Composer
The Vivaldi Project
Trio François-Joseph Gossec Composer
(12) Trio Sonatas for 2 Violins and Continuo The Vivaldi Project
Antonio Vivaldi Composer
Sonata Johann Christoph Bach Composer
The Vivaldi Project
Trio concertant et dialogue The Vivaldi Project
Jean-Baptiste Sébastien Bréval Composer
The Vivaldi Project consists of three superb string players – Elizabeth Field, Allison Edberg Nyquist and Stephanie Vial – who are dedicated to uncovering the vast amount of neglected yet worthy repertoire for string trio dating from the Baroque and early Classical periods. Their second MSR release proves just as captivating as their first. In the opening salvo, JC Bach’s G major Trio, Field and Nyquist revel in the first movement’s conversational playfulness, while all three musicians point up the rhythmic variety and contrapuntal repartee in the central movement of Campioni’s G minor Sonata. By contrast, the Haydn Divertimento’s aria-like first movement stands out for the players’ strong characterisation of their individual parts: the violinist’s silver-toned decorative writing, the viola player’s resonant pizzicatos and the cellist’s sensitively parsed bass lines.

Also note the ensemble’s impeccably calibrated embellishments and balancing of lines in Klausek’s moody Trio, and the perfectly matched declamatory unisons at the Bréval Trio’s outset. The latter’s Presto may sound more like an allegretto here, yet a slower tempo allows these musicians more wiggle-room for tonal shading and rhythmic precision. Indeed, their rich yet never excessive timbral ripeness fills out the disc’s concluding Vivaldi Trio to the point where a cembalo basso continuo option becomes moot. Producer and Engineer Richard Price deserves equal credit for the recording’s attractively realistic concert-hall ambience. But who provided the well-written and informative booklet notes? Highly recommended and, needless to say, I look forward to future volumes in this important series.

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