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DELTA PIANO TRIO  // THE MIRROR WITH THREE FACES

The Delta Piano Trio enjoys a special relationship with composer Lera Auerbach. Whilst searching for contemporary repertoire the group fell in love with Auerbach’s piano trios, performing them regularly and, after writing to her about them, enjoying the opportunity to work on this music together with the composer. This experience has given these musicians a unique insight into Auerbach’s piano trios.

 

The title of this CD was inspired by Auerbach’s second piano trio, Tryptych – The Mirror with Three Faces (2012). The work, which is at the heart of this disc, follows the physical construction of a hinged mirror, and Auerbach speaks of it in terms of a theatre piece in which three individuals have their own separate stories but are part of a single entity. Yet there is an ambiguity about the reflection in the mirror –is it three facets of the same person, or three separate images?

Auerbach’s Piano Trio No. 1 is one of her earliest works, with fascinating allusions to 19th- and 20th-century musical traditions, yet with the addition of very specific effects which imbue her music with a unique spectrum of colours. The influence of Shostakovich is audible in Auerbach’s Piano Trio No. 1, and this disc opens with Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2. The opening movement is a paradoxical combination of rigorous counterpoint and ethereal harmonics, followed by a more forceful, rustic and ironic second movement. A mournful passacaglia follows, and the work concludes with a haunting ‘Dance of Death’.

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DELTA PIANO TRIO  // TANEYEV & BORODIN

Naxos Records, one of the world’s leading classical music labels, released a cd with pianotrios of Russian composers Taneyev and Borodin, performed by the Dutch Delta Piano Trio. The relatively unknown trios of these great composers haven’t previously been released by the label and for the Delta Piano Trio this marks their debut on CD.

 

The highly romantical Piano Trio Op. 22 by Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915), student and close friend of Tchaikovsky and teacher of both Scriabin and Rachmaninov, is characterized by a subtle use of counterpoint, lyrical expressivity and virtuosic fireworks. Alexander Borodin (1833-1887), a composer, doctor and chemist, was a member of the ‘Mighty Handful’, a group of Russian prominent composers who aimed to incorporate more Russian musical influences in their music and were less influenced by the Western European composing tradition. Glinka saw Borodin’s unfinished, but brilliant pianotrio as a model of a new style of typically Russian music. 

 

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