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BRIDGE, F.: Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2 / Miniatures for piano trio (Liebeck, Chaushian, Wass)

Composer(s):Bridge, Frank
Artist(s) Chaushian, Alexander, cello • Wass, Ashley, piano • Liebeck, Jack, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570792
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Frank Bridge’s reputation as the teacher of his most famous student, Benjamin Britten, has long hindered appreciation of his own impeccably crafted music. Between the early Phantasie Trio (1907) and Miniatures (1908) and the masterful Piano Trio No. 2 (1928–29), Bridge developed from being a pupil of Stanford to becoming a composer whose music—by turns graceful, nocturnal and vigorous—pointed towards the future.


Review By Em Marshall,Albion Magazine Online,September 2009

The disc opens with a wistful and rhapsodic performance of the gorgeous Phantasie Trio in C minor (Piano Trio no. 1). This is followed by the mysterious and whimsical Piano Trio No. 2 and the Nine Miniatures for Piano Trio, in which the performers (Jack Liebeck on violin, Ashley Wass on piano, and Alexander Chausian on cello) superbly bring out the changes of mood, from playful to serious.  Splendid!

Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2009

It may be early to describe Ashley Wass as the generation’s most perceptive exponent of British piano music, but time and again his recordings are nothing short of remarkable. His universally acclaimed series of the piano works of Frank Bridge [See Ashley Wass’s biography page for details – Ed] is now extended into the composer’s chamber music. The Phantasie Trio first brought Bridge to public notice, its one movement format winning the influential Cobbett Prize in 1907 when the composer was 28. Formed in a single arched span, it is in four sections, the robust and outgoing outer sections circling around an andante as radiant as anything of its time. Later to be described as



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