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Poulenc Trio @ NGA

Charles T. Downey, Poulenc Trio brings urbane mix to National Gallery of Art
Washington Post, March 25, 2014

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Glinka / Poulenc / Others, Poulenc Trio
(Marquis Music, 2009)
The Poulenc Trio takes its name from a composer who actually wrote a piece for their unusual combination of instruments: oboe, bassoon and piano. Most of their other repertoire is arrangements of music for other combinations, and they brought an urbane mix of such pieces for their concert at the National Gallery of Art on Sunday evening.

A trio sonata by Handel more traditionally would have two treble instruments on the upper parts and the bassoon or another bass instrument doubling the continuo, but talented bassoonist Bryan Young’s light and agile approach to the second treble part made it work. Oboist Vladimir Lande had a consistently beautiful sound in Glinka’s “Trio Pathétique,” originally for clarinet, cello and piano, while pianist Irina Kaplan, generally content to be more in the background, gave a gossamer touch to the many decorative roulades in the keyboard part. [Continue reading]
Poulenc Trio
With Anton Lande, violin
National Gallery of Art

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The piece from 2013 was a crock. I take "anodyne" to mean insipid as opposed to pain-killing, but that's putting it mildly. What I heard was a pointless succession of 40-year-old instrumental effects.