“….an excellent performance all round, showcasing an airtight ensemble, but also these Danish-based musicians’ flair for colouristic detail. They are consistently compelling, whether in the howling opening statement, the tender dips into lyricism or the tightly coiled whirring that constitutes the Scherzo….any group would be hard-pressed to imitate this blend of verve and poise.”
An Island of Beautiful Trio-tones
“An Island of Beautiful Trio-tones
BENT SØRENSEN’S TITILLATING TONE POETRY SEEPED THROUGH HIS NEW TRIPLE CONCERTO “L’ISOLA DELLA CITTÁ”, WHICH TRIO CON BRIO NAVIGATED GENTLY THROUGH TOGETHER WITH DANISH NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. An island in the city leads thoughts towards an exotic oasis, where one can seek peace and quiet away from the roaring city. In Bent Sørensen’s newly written triple concerto which Trio con Brio performed Thursday evening, the trio was an exposed island. The orchestra played the devouring city. The soloists on piano, violin and cello fought with sweet passages for the existence of the island in five poetic movements, whilst the orchestra in between was close to drowning the oasis with expansive outbreaks of sound. Sørensen’s very special tone poetry saturated both the trio’s insect like buzzing, the percussion’s abrupt interruptions and the brass players melancholic calling. The musicians in Trio con Brio tour the world thin; their playing is extremely close and let magically the instrumanets melt together in homogenous sound colours. As a crisp surprise the piano broke the meditative expanse with a catching motife. To see a large number of the orchestra musicians grab wooden blocks and bang on them with wooden sticks gave a raw titallising effect. Christine Christiansen.”
New Danish Masterpiece
“New Danish Masterpiece
THE TRIPLE CONCERTO IS BENT SØRENSEN’S BEST TO DATE, A MIRACLE OF DREAMING ATMOSHPERES CREATING IMAGES Bent Sørensen has never had a phase like this. He peels the music down to only bare necessity and gives it a tinge of melancholy and nightly atmosphere. His latest work is named “L’isola della Citta” and was world premiered in DR Concert Hall Thursday evening. It is a piece for large orchestra and three soloists playing violin, cello and piano. And it is a masterpiece. …”The hall has seldom been so silent as for this premiere. Thanks to the pianist Jens Elvekjær and the sisters Soo-Jin Hong, violin and Soo-Kyung Hong, cello for their full hearted performance. Thanks to the Danish National Symphony Orchestra for their thorough preparation and flawless meeting with Sørensen’s demanding score. Søren Schauser.”
Danish Star Trio Premiered Danish Triple Concerto
“Danish Star Trio Premiered Danish Triple Concerto
THERE ARE ORDINARY THURSDAY EVENING CONCERTS. AND THEN THERE ARE CONCERTS LIKE YESTERDAY …”Then there are the special concerts and this week we experienced one of them. With a conductor the audience loves and a programme which offered not only some of the 19th century’s great classics and which were beautifully bound together. And which even included a wonderful premiere.” “Has Danish composer Bent Sørensen listened to the dismal sounds from the music in “Taxi Driver”? Or is it because the composer has just moved from the countryside into the city of Copenhagen, that the orchestra delivered a dystopian city background, while his romantic ghostly music materialised between the three soloists? That one cannot know. But the echos and descending glissandi, which are characteristic of Sørensen, lives in his new triple concerto like an island of beauty in the middle of a giddy, grating world, which the music of beauty and stillness dreamingly seems detached from. The orchestra musicians let clubs sound against wooden blocks, whilst Trio con Brio played their important part of the concerto with brilliant energy. They have toured with Sørensen’s trio Phatasmagoria, which they premiered in 2007, and they played the last movement as an encore. Because the hall just kept on applauding. Parts of the fuga in ‘L’isola della cittá’ reminded one, that it is Beethoven who has introduced the challenging combination of violin, cello, piano and orchestra with his triple concerto. But Bent Sørensen makes the combination work better. In fact flawless. At least in this performance. It made new contemporary music an experience for everybody who has a longing for beauty within. A longing which opens for contact with spirits of the past. A very, very fine evening. Thomas Michelsen”
Tchaikovsky, Smetena: Piano Trios CD review – sparkling and heartfelt
Trio con Brio Copenhagen
Grief and anguish unite these lyrically expressive trios. Tchaikovsky subtitled his “In memory of a great artist”, his friend and mentor Nikolai Rubinstein, while poor Smetana wrote his after the death from scarlet fever of his four-year-old daughter Bedřiška. But that’s where their similarity ends. Tchaikovsky’s trio is monumental, unique in the repertoire; Trio con Brio Copenhagen scale its heights with the verve their name suggests, pianist Jens Elvekjaer sparkling in the brilliant set of 11 variations central to the piece. In contrast, the Smetana is brief but deeply heartfelt, the beauty of its bleak majesty perfectly captured by the Danish players. Recommended.
New CD release.
The award-winning Trio con Brio Copenhagen will release an album of Tchaikovsky and Smetana Piano Trios on Orchid Classics on 27 November. The works are widely acknowledged as milestones in the chamber music repertoire, and were both dedicated to someone special in the composers’ lives.
CD LINK – ORCHID CLASSICS