Magazine article Gramophone

Doderer: Piano Trios-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Doderer: Piano Trios-No 1

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Piano Trios--No 1; No 2; No 3, 'For the Gustav

Mahler Jubilee 2010 and 201V; No 4, 'Morning'


Capriccio [F] C5220 (59' * DDD)

A composition pupil of Beat Furrer with six operas under her belt, Vienna-based Johanna Doderer (b1969) has some big-name supporters, notably Patricia Kopatchinskaja, to whom she has dedicated a violin concerto. Her style is emotionally explicit, direct and accessible, not noticeably Austrian except in its Mittel-European devotion to the sometimes problematic combination of violin, cello and piano. After grappling with cutting-edge techniques, Doderer seems to have been seduced by Shostakovich and the brand of consonance in vogue on the Baltic fringes of the old Soviet empire. There is no extraneous glitz and little if any knowing irony. Nor has she been afraid to look back to what will sound well in her chosen medium.

Capriccio's non-chronological sequence begins with the Third Piano Trio, possibly the easiest to digest. Commemorating the Mahler jubilee, it contrasts mainstream post-minimalist bustle with cooler elegiac sections inspired by the sentiments of 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen'. Its predecessor, composed for the Haydn year of 2009, put me in mind of Shostakovich at his most foursquare and academic (qv works such as the Piano Quintet). …

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