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JUNE 2012, 'Trio Sine Nomine: Los Premios Municipales y algo mas', Pretal PRCD 147

JUNE 2012, 'Trio Sine Nomine: Los Premios Municipales y algo mas', Pretal PRCD 147

Reviewed by Ray Picot

We are in the company of an exceptional trio on this disc, which is by turns adventurous and illuminating. The musicians (Amalia Del Giudice, clarinet, Rafael Delgado Spinoza, cello and Estela Telerman, piano) are very well matched and this disc is a testament to their harmony and understanding. Furthermore, the recorded balance between the instruments is ideal, so you miss nothing. The disc features the music of four Argentine composers and one Italian, and covers a wide range of styles, and the pieces by Lado and Urteaga are dedicated to the trio. Angel Lasala’s music is not widely known outside his native country, which is a shame as he has much to offer. The music is tonal and, as in this Highlands Trio, with an abundance of interesting melodic material, is counterbalanced by the typical rhythms of the region. His music is poetically conceived and portrays three scenes in the Argentine Central Highlands in all their variety and colours. Norma Lado uses the serial technique in her music, but in this inventive piece, Behind Oblivion, there is a lyrical content which makes it relatively accessible. This is followed by Irma Urteaga’s three-movement piece, Time of Memories. The music is written in a freely aleatoric style, which may seem quite severe, but the writing for the instruments is very effective and the ideas behind the music make it worthwhile exploring on different levels. Washington Castro, the youngest of three brothers and part of a well-known Argentine musical family, contributes to this disc his interesting Little Suite. That Castro played the cello is quite evident for his writing for this instrument, which though demanding, is always characteristic. The style is neoclassical with some spikey rhythmic accompaniment, and is very well written and played to perfection. The disc ends with Nino Rota’s Trio, a splendid work illustrating that his ability to write attractive and memorable music was not limited to films.

 

 

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