David Matthews: Complete Piano Trios

One reviewer described David Matthews’ string quartets as ‘musical thinking of the highest order and quartet writing in the great tradition of Beethoven, Bartók, Britten, and Tippett’ – influences Matthews readily acknowledges. These three piano trios evoke two other masters, since they have something of the drama of Shostakovich and the lyrical intensity of Vaughan Williams – all elements drawn together in Matthews’ own voice to make these works some of the most moving chamber music of recent years.

Leonore Piano Trio (Tracks 1-10)
Gemma Rosefield, cello (Tracks 11-13)


Catalogue No: TOCC0369
EAN/UPC: 5060113445694
Release Date: 01.01.2017
Composer: David Matthews
Artists: Gemma Rosefield, Leonore Piano Trio

Listen To This Recording:

    Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 34 (1983)

  1. I Lento – Allegro moderato
  2. II Allegretto. Drily humorous
  3. III Adagio
  4. IV Molto moderato
  5. Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 61 (1993)

  6. I Allegro
  7. II Adagio
  8. III Scherzo: Molto allegro
  9. IV Allegro moderato – Andante con moto – Presto
  10. Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 97 (2005)

  11. I Con vivacità
  12. II Andante moderato
  13. Journeying Songs, Op. 95, for solo cello (2004–8)

  14. I Song for Judith: Robusto
  15. II Song for Elaine: Poco lento e quieto
  16. III Song for Gemma: Andante trasognato – Allegro appassionato

First Recordings

1 review for David Matthews: Complete Piano Trios

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    “[Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 34 (1983):] These players bring a fine spring to the music that constantly seeks to find the opening calm yet always leaps up to move quickly forward through some terrific passages before seeming to find a peace in the curious coda.
    [Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 61 (1993):] Again in four movements, the Allegro opens with a blustery theme, full of energy, rising through some incisive bars as the idea is developed with the Leonore Piano Trio bringing terrific ensemble and precision before a sudden unresolved conclusion. [Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 97 (2005):] … the piano brings a lively motif in the opening of the Con vivacità that is quickly varied and taken up by the cello before all three share the theme. This trio finds some lovely textures and sonorities with the theme in its various guises, fairly leaping up each time out of the more restrained moments. … The Leonore Piano Trio’s cellist, Gemma Rosefield brings a very fine performance of Journeying Songs, Op. 95 for solo cello (2004/08) to conclude this disc. … Gemma Rosefield is an excellent advocate of this brilliant work. There are some wonderful works here, impressively played, containing some of Matthews’ finest music. They receive excellent recordings and there are informative notes from the composer.” –The Classical Reviewer, February 2017

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