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Fantasy Trios

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Label: Champs Hill Records

Cat No: CHRCD060

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 31st March 2014

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About

Dimension Trio showcase their prestigious talents in their debut disc of 'Fantasy Trios' with music by Suk, Schoenberg, Bridge and Ireland.

Josef Suk composed 'Elegy' to mark the 1st anniversary of the death in 1902 of the revered Czech poet, Julius Zeyer. It was originally scored for a larger ensemble including harp and harmonium, but heard here in piano trio form.

Composed in a mere 3 weeks, Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht is a passionate interpretation of Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name, in which a woman confesses a dark secret to her lover. It is heard here in trio version, arranged by Eduard Steuermann, pupil of Schoenberg, who made the arrangement at the specific request of Alice Moller, a Viennese patroness of the arts which remained unpublished as recently as 1993.

In 1908, Frank Bridge won first prize in the annual Cobbett Prize Competition for his Phantasie in C minor. John Ireland gained second prize in the same competition for his Phantasie Trio in A minor, dedicated to his teacher Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Walter Willson Cobbett, a wealthy businessman and amateur musician, founded the competition to promote single-movement 'Fantasia' form works which seemed to him a distinctively English genre which had been crowded out by the sonata-form works of Mozart and Haydn and Beethoven.

Dimension is a piano trio of internationally renowned young musicians Anthony Hewitt, Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne and Thomas Carroll. They were winners of the 2005 Parkhouse International Chamber Music Competition .

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