The Fidelio Trio has never been content to accept the piano trio repertory as they found it; soloists in their own right, with a special enthusiasm for contemporary music, the Trio brings the medium of piano trio back to life and straight into the twenty-first century with these four works, three of which were specially written for the ensemble.
Ed Bennett's for Marcel Dzama extends the soundworld of the piano trio with electronic sound and interference, while Donnacha Dennehy's driving Bulb and the extended patterns of Kevin Volans' Piano Trio contrast with Deirdre Gribbin's more lyrical How to make the water sound, with its meditative centre and distant echoes of plainchant.
'This colourful recital of contemporary works is one of the most compelling and electrifying discs I have heard in a long time. With an audaciously close recording, NMC have fashioned the sound quality to a tee. The opening work, Dennehy's Bulb, metred to perfection to engender an ever-growing white-knuckle tension, finds its equals in the technical precision of the Fidelio in everything that follows. Kevin Volans trio finds the ensemble at its most versatile and cohesively expressive.' Sunday Tribune, Ireland
This disc was recorded 7-8 June and 17 September 2007 at the Old Granary Studio, Beccles, Suffolk.
Recording Engineer: SEBASTIAN LEXER
Producers: TIM OLDHAM, SEBASTIAN LEXER, FIDELIO TRIO
Editing & Mastering: TIM OLDHAM, SEBASTIAN LEXER
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
(P) 2008 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2008 NMC Recordings Ltd
Catalogue number: NMC D147
Release Date: 4 February 2008