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BRETON, T.: Piano Trio in E major / 4 Spanish Pieces (LOM Piano Trio)

Composer(s):Breton, Tomas
Artist(s) LOM Piano Trio, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570713
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Tomás Bretón, a native of Salamanca, rose from relatively humble circumstances to become a leading figure in Spanish music, director of the Madrid Conservatory and an important conductor. Although Bretón is now remembered chiefly for his zarzuelas and operas, his chamber music has been unaccountably neglected. The brilliant Four Spanish Pieces, which enjoyed widespread popularity at the beginning of the twentieth century, convey the distinctive Spanish character present throughout the composer’s work. By contrast, the Trio for piano, violin and cello is a more serious and original work in which Spanish melodies are introduced with considerable subtlety.


BRETON, T.: Piano Trio in E major / 4 Spanish Pieces (LOM Piano Trio)
Review By Giv Confield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,September 2008

As a child, Breton had studied piano, violin and composition and eventually rose to become director of the Madrid Conservatory and a leading figure in Spanish music. He is remembered mainly for the popular Zarzuelas he composed, but his fine symphonies, tone poems and chamber music are almost forgotten. The extensive first movement of his large-scale Piano Trio of 1887 is notable for its near-Brahmsian intensity. The remaining movements reveal little of the composer's ethnicity - quite the opposite being the case of the delightful Four Spanish Pieces of nearly a quarter century later. The performers (Daniel Ligorio, piano, Joan Orpella, violin and Jose Mor, cello) adopted the initials of their surnames for their Trio, and a fine one it is indeed. Both works are rendered


Review By David Denton, Naxos,August 2008

Born in Spain in 1850, Tomas Breton became one of the father figures in Spanish music, and as Professor of Composition at the Conservatoire he had among his pupils Manuel de Falla and Pablo Casals. His own musical education took him to study in Rome, and, as this present disc shows, he became very influenced by mainstream European composing, particularly Germanic filtered through Italian ears. The Piano Trio dates from 1887, and in every way is a beautifully crafted score owing something to Brahms and Schumann. While the piano does have the major thematic material, Breton composes for the trio rather than having the strings as a decorative element. Try the happy third movement (track 3) or the rather quirky rhythm of the finale. In sum this could be counted among the most attractive



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