Acousence Classics AE 1613
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 3; Vasks: Episodi e Canto perpetuo – Trio Rafale
The name Trio Rafale comes from the French word for ‘gust’ – in addition to gale force storm winds, gust can also mean a warm air stream or a cool breeze. It is thus a metaphor for every type of musical gesture. Within a short time, the young piano trio has already won a remarkable number of prizes. It won both the jury prize and the audience prize at the Migros Culture Percentage Chamber Music Competition in 2013. Before that, in 2011, it had won the first prize at the prestigious Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
The trio lives up to its name in this new recording, whether it be powerful or agile, of Johannes Brahms’s C major Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 101, and Episodi e Canto perpetuo, dedicated to Olivier Messiaen, by the Latvian composer PÄ“teris Vasks, who writes: ‘It describes a difficult journey through the misery, disappointment and suffering of love; this journey is the centre of gravity of the canto.’ Trio Rafale captivates listeners’ emotions in its portrayal.
Repertoire *** Sound **** Interpretation ***
Burkhard Schäfer - Ensemble magazine (Germany) - June/July 2014