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We were able to appreciate the high chamber music level of this wonderful group, their absolute involvement with the work they are playing, and the continuous musical texture always at the service of the music. You do not have the impression of hearing three instruments playing together, but one solo instrument with three different colours.” (Fidelio) ‘La Rioja’ , Rioja
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|Trio in B flat Major, Op.11||Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)|
|1||I. Allegro con brio||
|3||III. Tema con variacioncs (allegretto)||
|Three Pieces for Trio (1997)||Martín ZALBA (b. 1958)|
B flat Major, Op. 29
|7||I. Overture (modéré)||
|8||II. Divertissement (vif et animé)||
|9||III. Chant elegiaque (lent)||
|10||IV. Finale (animé)||
in B flat Major, Op.11
Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN
1) I. Allegro con brio
2) II. Adagio
3) III. Tema con variacioncs (allegretto)
Beethoven wrote this trio opus 11 in 1795, within the horizons of the classical style developed by Haydn; however his latent impulses already show themselves in a personal and vigorous manner in many details and aspects of this work, which was dedicated to the Countess von Thun and published by the editing house Mollo the very same year in Vienna.
This trio in B flat major was written in the moment when the young Beethoven extends progressively the classical language to affirm his originality, which would later lead him to make bridges towards new romantic aesthetics. Effects such as the surprising sforzandi, the sudden dynamic changes, or starting off with the initial chromatics on a dominant ninth. are clear signs that Beethoven was willing to find and use his own language. The first movement, in normal sonata form, shows all these elements perfectly balanced within classical style. In the second movement, the lyricism is totally Beethoven; the song of the cello and the clarinet make way for a central section where the piano threads some marvelous modulation of genius from the Bonn composer. In the third movement, theme and variations. Beethoven takes a tune from a then in vogue opera — "pria ch’io l'impegno” from L'amor Marinaro” of Joseph Weigl, which was premiered some months before in October of 1797.
The work is originally for this combination, although sometimes it is played with violin instead of clarinet.
Pieces for Trio (1997)
4) I. Adagio
5) II. Andante
6) III. Moderato
In 1997 B3 Classic included in their repertoire the‘Three Pieces for Trio’ of Martín Zalba, who the following year wrote for the group his remarkable trio‘Autumn Journeys’. This contemporary composer from Navarre, Spain (born 1958) is attracting the interest of a large number of professional performers, critics and general public, as shows the ample inclusions of his work in sheet music publications and numerous discography inclusions. In his prolific production within the realms of chamber music one can find works for piano, flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, harp, voice etc., and in the most varied instrumental groupings.
The language of Martín Zalba makes use of a very personal and attractive treatment of melody, away from compositional schools and aesthetics, along with an original contrapuntal focus; with both these elements Zalba organizes his poetic sonorous world.
Resulting from the favourable reception of these three pieces by critics and public, Zalba completed this cycle with a further three new creations. The 'Six Pieces’ for trio were recorded by B3 Classic for television ‘Telecinco’ (Tele 5) of Spain.
in B flat Major, Op. 29
7) I. Overture (modéré)
8) II. Divertissement (vif et animé)
9) III. Chant elegiaque (lent)
10) IV. Finale (animé)
Vincent D'Indy, born in Paris in 1851, wrote various youthful pieces rather in the line of ‘Wagnerism’. However his first truly important work in chamber music did not come about until 1887, and premiered the following year in the ‘Sociedad Nationale’ of Paris and dedicated to Octave Mans. This composition was his grand trio for clarinet, cello and piano opus 29.
Following the advances of French romantic music in the line of Cesar Franek. D'Indy develops even more a cyclical compositional sense anticipating at the same time the impressionists Debussy and Ravel, especially in the second and third movements so full of magical colourings. D'Indy was a brilliant pianist and organist, and also played a little the clarinet and cello; as a consequence he was able to write the work with exact perfection of timbre which is what gives the idea and the aspect of impressionism rising beyond the romantic language.
In the first movement, written in traditional sonata form, the very ample treatment of the musical lines and the instrumentation (which fully explores all the instrumental registers) gives it a majestic character bordering on the symphonic. In the second movement, of a scherzo-type format, the lightly moving passages, the scalic motives which ran around hesitantly, altemate with trio sections very intimate and profound. The third movement is a melodic ‘Cantilena’ which soars away and above from ecstatic chords in the piano; reminders of blues on a dramatic compositional base drives to the sonorous climax, after which the music evaporates placidly. Lastly, the final movement recuperates the thematic elements of all the work to close the cycle and giving unity to the trio, with a very last coda brilliantly radiant and full of optimism.
present recording has been made totally live without any cuts or
Recorded September 2004
Recording: Sara Sicilia
Mastering: Txuma Huarte
Artwork and Graphics: Ilune
Co-production between Trio "B3 Classic" and Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales, S.L.
No. D.L.: NA-2667/2004
|Instruments:||Trio: Clarinet, Cello & Piano|
|Our Ref:||A0048 (Johnstone Music Cat. No. JM 04 CD)|
|MCPS:||B3 03 CD|
|Label:||Trio B3 Classic / ZETA|
Clarinet: Joan Borràs
Since its formation in 1992 this trio of clarinet, cello and piano is one of the few stable, consolidated and well-known ensembles of this kind in Europe, and a reference in the present day musical panorama in Spain. “B3 Classic” draw attention to the history of the chamber music repertoire for these three instruments (they undertake valuable and creative investigative work) as well as involving itself in the more contemporary creation. The personal style of B3 Classic lays emphasis on an unusual sound combination by combining the piano with a string instrument (the cello) and a wind instrument (the clarinet), and the group actively promote the full history, largely yet unknown, of the chamber music repertoire for these three instruments. The group initially received the support and guidance of international figures such as Boris Bermann, Jesse Levine, Carles Riera and John McCabe CBE. In 1995 they participated in a recording with the ‘La Caixa’ Foundation and the record label ‘Opus 111’ of Paris. Since then they have given regular concerts across all Spain and in other countries of the European Union.
B3 Classic received important success in the International Music Competition ‘Pierre Lantier’ of Paris where they were awarded a Grand Prix in 1997. In 1998 they visit Great Britain for the first time where concerts included the Cheltenham International Music Festival, and they also give the world premiere of the Suite “The World of the Sea” of Rodney Newton in London. In Spain they have given many national and international premieres including the ‘Sonata for Trio’ by John McCabe C.B.E., the trio ‘Autumn Journeys’ and ‘Six Pieces’ by Martín Zalba, works by Jonathan FeBland, Rodney Newton, Enrique Aragon, Jorge Grundman Isla, Jorge Garcia del Valle etc. and have enthusiastically recuperated historically important trios by E. Hartmann, P. Juon, A. Eberl, A. Gyrowetz, Ries, and Archduke Rudolf.
B3 Classic have recorded for Warner Music Spain, Spanish National Radio (RNE Radio Clásica), Nice International Festival (France), The London Film Institute, Köln Rundfunk, Association Mozart Productions (France), Arlu Discos (Madrid), Julian Roberts Productions (Great Britain), four programmes of the series ‘Nocturnos’ for television ‘Tele 5’ (Spain), and a series of four concerts ‘The change of century in chamber music’ for National Spanish Television (TVE).
Their versatility shows itself in original compositions by each member and high quality transcriptions made collectively by the artists of the group – examples include works such as ‘Trio Concertante’ on West Side Story (Bernstein/B3 Classic) or ‘Popular Miniature Suite’ on ‘Porgy and Bess’ (Gershwin/B3 Classic). They are also open to other musical fields – for example, their participation in the festival “Actual” of Logroño (Spain), their collective work together on the CD ‘Entre Dos Mundos’ with the ‘Swinging Strings’ of the Basque National Orchestra (San Sebastian), or the concerts with the multi-stylistic guitarist Gualberto of Seville. Their notable career together has brought them accolades such as what the prestigious Spanish classical music magazine Ritmo said of them: “Not only do they enjoy making music together but the artistic results are brilliant”.
The trio ‘B3 Classic’ offers the public an ample repertoire: single performances featuring the outstanding works of the repertoire, special ‘theme’ concerts, special composer dedication concerts, well-conceived concerts put together as a series or cycle, educational concerts (in Spanish and English), etc.
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