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Musica
November 2016
20th-Century Women Composer CD Review

[...]A rendere irrinunciabile questo disco e` anche la prova splendida degli esecutori, l’italo-svizzero Trio des Alpes. Serissimo nella preparazione (del Trio della Clarke, pubblicato postumo, i musicisti sono andati a confrontare il manoscritto per rassicurarsi su alcune incongruenze, poi emendate, riscontrate nell’edizione a stampa), il Trio des Alpes non si lascia imbrigliare da nessuna costrizione formalistica, andando ben al di la` di una lettura curiosa di questi pezzi negletti, dei quali impone, anzi, un’interpretazione con cui dovranno inevitabilmente fare i conti tutti coloro (e speriamo che siano numerosi) che si volgeranno a queste musiche degnissime d’essere conosciute e riascoltate. Equilibrio ed energia, slancio fantastico e poeticita` non timorosa di affettuosi indugi, bellezza dei suoni e tensione espositiva, precisione esecutiva e liberta` dell’espressione, sono il combinato vincente delle virtu` rare di questo splendido ensemble. (Bernardo Pieri)

Donne della realtà (blog)
April 2016
20th-Century Women Composer CD - Review by Mario Chiodetti

Gramophone.co.uk
September 2015
20th-Century Women Composer CD Review
The fine Swiss-Italian Trio des Alpes thoughtfully assess a variable collection of [these women composers] chamber works. Beach is notably conservative and her 1938 String Trio, once past a provocative cascade of whole-tone scales at the start, rapidly settles into post-Brahmsian rectitude. She is better represented by the songs with ensemble accompaniment[...]. Boulanger’s two pieces were written shortly before her tragic death aged only 24; the first, Un soir triste, sustains a series of quietly shifting, unresolved dissonances over its compelling 11-minute span. Clarke’s 1921 Trio is the real revelation, a work of almost Bartókian asperity, tautly controlled and haunted by a reiterated, jabbing monotone that never lets the music or the listener settle. It also gets by far the best performance – fluent, committed and wonderfully energetic throughout.

thewholenote.com
June 2015
20th-Century Women Composer CD Review
This is inspired programming, with the works on this disc thoroughly complementing each other. All three composers represented here were born within a quarter-century of each other. They each write in an expressive style that marks the transition from romanticism to modernism. None are musical innovators. But as women, they are rightly regarded as pioneers today.

Amy Beach, who was born in Boston in 1867, is the most well-known composer here. Her Trio for violin, cello and piano is a complex, virtuosic work, which ends with a memorable flourish. Swiss soprano Lorna Windsor’s performance of four art songs are engaging enough to make me want to explore more of Beach’s enormous song repertoire.

English composer and violist Rebecca Clarke enjoyed what she called her “one whiff of success” when she introduced her Viola Sonata in 1919, and then, soon after, this lovely Trio. Flamboyant, intense, driven, this is an exciting work, especially as performed by the Swiss-based Trio des Alpes.

The youngest composer here, Frenchwoman Lili Boulanger (sister of the influential teacher and composer Nadia), was only 25 when she died in 1918. The Trio des Alpes brings out the moody expressivity of her two contrasting pieces for piano trio, the first, D’un soir triste, plaintive, the second, D’un matin de printemps, exuberant.

These fine pieces are too rarely heard, making this thoroughly enjoyable disc particularly significant.