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'Gone into Night Are All the Eyes'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Gone into Night Are All the Eyes'

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'Gone into night are all the eyes'

Kotcheff gone into night are all the eyes Moe We Happy Few Kirchner Piano Trio Ives Piano Trio Trio Appassionata Odradek [F] ODRCD313 (76' * DDD)

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Any chamber music recording that's so forward-looking that the reward at the end is Ives's Piano Trio deserves automatic respect. But that doesn't mean one will enjoy this challenging disc by Trio Appassionata. The group--consisting of violinist Lydia Chernicoff, cellist Andrea Casarrubios and pianist Ronaldo Rolim--serves up an all-American programme that begins with the relatively friendly world premiere recording of Thomas Kotcheff's gone into night are all the eyes, with first-movement keyboard-writing that recalls the Hungarian cimbalom, an explosive cat-and-mouse game in the second movement and then a final movement that enters more impulsive Messiaen territory. But aside from some thematic connections, these three movements don't seem to belong in the same piece. Eric Moe's 1990 We Happy Few, a one-movement work, comes off like an abstract argument among the three instruments, though one struggles to be engaged by what the argument might be about. In both works, the inner need to compose seems to take precedence over the need to communicate. …

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