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Beethoven, Martin & Brahms

Trio Arc

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Trio avec piano en Ré Majeur, Op. 70, No. 1 "Trio des esprits"  
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Trio Arc
II. Largo assai ed espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Trio Arc
III. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Trio Arc
Trio sur des mélodies populaires Irlandaises  
I. Allegro
Franck Martin; Trio Arc
II. Adagio
Franck Martin; Trio Arc
III. Gigue (Allegro)
Franck Martin; Trio Arc
Trio avec piano en Ut Majeur, Op. 87  
I. Allegro
Johannes Brahms; Trio Arc
II. Andante con moto
Johannes Brahms; Trio Arc
III. Scherzo (Presto)
Johannes Brahms; Trio Arc
IV. Finale (Allegro giocoso)
Johannes Brahms; Trio Arc
Total Playing Time    72:10
For their first recording, the musicians of Trio Arc chose works that are particularly important to them, deliberately based on the concept of "contrast". This is done through a global lens, with a focus given to the Irish folk melodies of Frank Martin - a rollicking and joyful series that immediately impose their charm. This in contrast to the much more widely known and most imposing works of Beethoven and Brahms surrounding Martin's pieces. Contrasts continue still inside the works, as in the "Spirits" Trio, whose eponymous middle movement is of an extremely different character from the other two.

The program of this recording begins with Beethoven's famous Trio of "Spirits", which date from the classical period, ending with a very romantic Second Trio of Brahms, probably the least played of all his trios. And, in the middle, this Trio of Irish folk tunes by Frank Martin, little recorded, with cascading levels of listening - extremely pleasant at first sight, and of which one will slowly discover the depth and originality of a modern composer who deserves to be much more commonly represented.

These three works have in common the theme of "ancestral memory": the Spirits of Beethoven, Martin's traditional Irish tunes, and the northern legends and popular themes of Brahms. It is under this sign, in particular, that they are presented.
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