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Baroque: The Eroica Trio
Dietrich Buxtehude, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Antonio Lotti
Baroque: The Eroica Trio
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
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The most arresting aspect of this disc is the playing. The members of the Eroica Trio are splendid technically and tonally, and their ensemble is impeccable. Musically, the recording is misnamed and misguided. There is not...  more »

     
   
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The most arresting aspect of this disc is the playing. The members of the Eroica Trio are splendid technically and tonally, and their ensemble is impeccable. Musically, the recording is misnamed and misguided. There is nothing baroque about it, except the names of the composers. The trio's intense, throbbing, driven style is appropriate for the lush, romantic music with which it made its name, but is far removed from the pristine purity of the baroque. Not surprisingly, the players choose the most romanticized, overloaded editions available; moreover, many of the pieces are of dubious authorship or not written for their instruments. Their justification is that baroque composers themselves made countless transcriptions of their own and others' works, and that later virtuoso arrangers created their own tradition, but the former preserved the originals' style, while the latter are now widely frowned upon. Their most unfortunate selection is an arrangement of Bach's famous chaconne by an English film composer: blown up with newly invented material and grandiose cadenzas, it simulates a full orchestra. The packaging of the disc makes one wonder whether these fine players are being promoted for their talent or their glamorous good looks: credit is given to the photographer, the make-up artist, hair and clothing stylists, and providers of the dresses. Is there a message here about the status of women musicians? --Edith Eisler

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Bach fans rejoice! A brilliant Chaconne presentation!
MichaelJohn | USA | 11/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This trio has reached the summit of musical excellence! They play with fire and passion. This is not a stuffy period performance, but a full-blown romantic performance that succeeds in making this Baroque music a joy to listen to.Each selection they chose is a delightful Baroque work. They play them with conviction as if they've played them all their lifes. I suspect that these ladies must be able to read each others minds- because they seem to know how each other plays instinctively. It all comes together and 'gels' like it should.As wonderfull as these works are- this album contains a showpiece that only the best virtuoso musicians dare to play. The mind-blowing Bach Chaconne (from BWV 1004)! Award-winning composer Anne Dudley's has transcribed Bach's masterpiece for piano trio. And, it's fantastic. This work of Bach is probably the greatest single composition of all time. In this one incredible piece of music, just over 14 minutes, Bach takes you on a wounderous spiritual and life enriching journey. Nothing in Bach's music is lost in this transcription. In fact, harmonies and melodies are superbly worked out by Dudley. It's a mystery why Beethoven or Brahms never transcribed the piece for piano trio. It works. You'll hear how beautifully the cello and violin interact and 'share' the melody in a very beautiful and natural manner. As if Bach had written it this way for trio. It's that natural. With 34 variations in the work, a single, solo instrument (as often recorded) presents a real challange in creating enough tone colors to prevent loss of interest. But, with three instruments as presented here, they provide a wide variety of tone colors that Dudley has taken advantage of masterfully, providing an almost kalidescopic wonder of colors and tones. Every romantic 'trick' seems to be used, but it's never gimmicky. What is Bach saying to us in the Chaconne? I don't know for sure. But I do know it's something worth trying to discover. Will the wonder of Bach ever cease? This I do know. Never. Thankyou trio, for choosing to play this work. My vote for classical album of the year.Mike"
Soul-stirring!
C. Dale | Sandpoint, ID United States | 12/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I heard the Eroica Trio interviewed on NPR, and was impressed by their intelligence, creativity, and enthusiasm for their music. They have successfully undertaken the daunting task of transcribing for piano, violin, and cello, and their foresight and unity shines through. We've all heard Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor a zillion times, but to hear it from these three, after riding Eroica's rollercoaster of energy--abundant highs and lows--it's enough to cause goosebumps. While some of the playing is quite possibly too exuberant and emotional, in this case that is precisely what grabs one's attention and stirs the soul. Plus, we are given a fine balance with the adagios and transitions. (Bach's Chaconne is a perfect example of both the power and gracefulness offered on this album.) The interplay between the three instruments is fascinating to experience, but the musicians stand as soloists as well.The women of Eroica are undoubtedly beautiful, and the marketeers are certainly capitalizing on their glamour (no worse than Anne-Sophie Mutter or Ofra Harnoy, though!). But their talent is what matters here, and there's no shortage of that. This is a fine collection of chamber music, and a feast for one's soul."
Magical
charles luciano | New York | 01/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My knowledge of classical performance is limited indeed; yet from the moment that I stumbled upon the Eroica Trio I was aware that this ensemble was special. To those, like myself, who love beautiful music but are not sure where to begin, I say that this recording is simply magical."