Track review of "Franz Schubert: Piano Trio in B-flat Major"
Marie-Pierre Langlamet is the principal harpist for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She recently joined forces with Canadian violinist Lara St. John for a novel take on Bach on Bach Sonatas (Ancalagon, 2012). On Schubert Langlamet takes the helm of a project, released on Lara St. John's label Ancalagon Records, focusing on the music of Franz Schubert where, in place of the composer's piano, she uses her harp as the harmony instrument, not unlike the vibraphone replacing the piano in jazz ensembles.
The recording contains several Schubert settings: lieder, violin sonatas, and a piano trio. The Piano Trio in B-Flat Major D. 28 offers Langlamet, St. John, and Berlin Philharmonic cellist Ludwig Quandt a music environment in which to perform, exist, as only Schubert could. Schubert stood at the foot of the Romantic period and indeed got a bit on his shoes. But much of the composer's music retained a bright classical sheen. St. John takes an almost Baroque approach to her playing, drawing as much from Vivaldi as any later violinist. Quandt provides the low string end of things, providing solid support and delicate filigree to the musings of the composer. It is Langlamet, whose superb transcription and articulation of the piece gives it a new life. This piece is one of the earliest compositions of Schubert, brimming with a sparkling classicism well played here.
Personnel: Marie-Pierre Langlamet: Harp; Lara St. John: violin (1779 “Salabue”
Guadagnini); Ludwig Quandt: cello.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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