On Flourishes, NZTrio’s third album, commissions by Wayan Yudane and Eve de Castro-Robinson are very much at home among the masterworks of Mozart and Ravel, and Arvo Pärt’s lovely take on a Mozart Adagio. Collectively they form what the trio calls a ‘fascinating and unexpected mix’.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Trio in B flat major, K. 502
Arvo Pärt: mozart-adagio
Wayan Yudane: Entering the Stream - II
Eve de Castro-Robinson: Entering the Stream
Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio
Production: Marc Taddei
Recording: Steve Garden
RAT-D019 (May, 2010)
This recording was produced with the support of Creative New Zealand.
Flourishes. NZ Trio: Rattle CD: Geoff Adams - Otago Daily Times
It ranges from Mozart’s Piano Trio K.502, to Ravel’s Piano Trio, with contemporary works by Aarvo Part, Indonesian Wayan Yudane, and New Zealand composer Eve de Castro-Robinson. The last two wrote commissioned works for the trio.
Mozart sparkles and his ideas are explored by Part in a reconstruction of an adagio movement from a piano sonata. The major work is the Ravel trio, which is beautifully played, apart from the second movement’s sprightly dance lagging slightly in tempo.
Highlight: Yudane’s gamelan-influenced Entering the Stream, with imitative birdcalls.
Geoff Adams – Otago Daily Times
Truly high-quality piano trio - Flourishes CD: John Button - Dominion Post, Wellington
Whatever, those deciding to purchase will be rewarded by superb playing and rich recording, highlighted by a stunning assumption of Ravel’s wonderful Piano Trio – a performance that would be reason enough to buy the disc.
John Button – Dominion Post, Wellington