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Various: Emanuel Ensemble

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The Emanuel Ensemble - a flexible chamber group - here present an enticing recital programme for flute, cello & piano, showcasing the undoubted talents of these three acclaimed young players. The brilliant cellist Louisa Tuck is the youngest Principal of any UK orchestra, and in addition to the Trio repertoire on this disc she also performs Schumann's Adagio & Allegro for cello & piano, with the sought-after young pianist John Reid. Requiring considerable virtuosity in the concluding portion, and a projection of dreamy Romantic feeling in the opening, this work is of a perfect two-part structure. Anna Stokes, a much in demand flautist, takes the solo role too, in Borne's bravura Fantasie Brilliante, composed on themes from Bizet's Carmen - its high point the increasingly flashy variations on the celebrated Habenera theme. This exuberant CD opens with Piazolla's La muerte del Angel, and its decisive, thrusting climax sets up the rest of the disc. Gaubert's souful Piece Romantique (also written for the CD's central combination of flute, cello and piano) has a lyric charm and an eventide contentment; in stark contrast to the joyous Trio by Nikolai Kapustin. Seemingly improvisatory, this three-movement piece works out its themes thoroughly and fantastically, with walking basses, hypnotic ostinatos, and solo spots for each instrument. In turns languidly nostalgic and capricious, this jazz-based Trio is one of the most popular works of Kapustin's output, and rounds off with an insouciant and irresistible display of animal vitality. As Louise Farrenc's work is being rediscovered, it looks as though she may have been the most important female composer of the first half of the 19th century. Her Trio in E minor, performed by the Emanuel Ensemble for this recital, is written in full classical sonata form, showing considerable contrapuntal artistry. The work concludes in effervescent high spirits, bringing proceedings to a close in high good humour.
Item number CHRCD023
Barcode 5060212590244
Release date 27/06/2011
Label Champs Hill
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Stokes, Anna
Tuck, Louisa
Composers Piazzolla, Astor
Bizet, Georges
Reid, John
Gaubert, Philippe
Schumann, Robert
Borne, Francois
Farrenc, Louise
Kapustin, Nikolai
Orchestras The Emanuel Ensemble
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