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CHAN 9834
Spanish Piano Trios

Bekova Sisters - Cassado/ Turina/Granados: Piano Trios

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2001

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2000


Bekova Sisters


St Pauls Church, Knightsbridge, London


Rachel Smith


Jonathan Cooper

Richard Smoker


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Total Time - 66:00
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Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello

  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
1 I Allegro risoluto - Allegro ma non troppo 6:59
2 II Tempo moderato e pesante - Allegro giusto - Tempo I 4:16
3 III Recitativo. Moderato ed appassionato - Rondo (Allegro vivo) 4:44



Círculo - Fantasia for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 91

4 I Amanecer (Dawn). Lento - Andantino - Andantino mosso 3:46
5 II Mediodía (Midday). Allegretto quasi andantino - 2:35
6 III Crepúsculo (Dusk). Allegro vivace - Allegro - Allegro molto moderato - Andantino - Andante - Lento 3:57



Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 50

7 I Poco allegro con espressione 8:28
8 II Scherzetto. Vivace molto 4:32
9 III Duetto. Andante con molta espressione 5:13
10 IV Finale. Allegro molto 6:30



Trio No. 2 in B minor, Op. 76

  for Piano, Violin and Cello  
  in h-Moll - en si mineur  
11 I Lento - Allegro molto moderato - Allegretto 6:38
12 II Molto vivace - Lento - Molto vivace 2:37
13 III Lento - Andante mosso - Allegretto - Meno mosso - Moderato - Allegretto - Allegro molto moderato - Allegro vivo 5:45
The Bekova Trio performs Spanish trios

Cassadó’s Trio is a premiere recording and there are no other recordings of Turina’s Fantasia currently available.

The Bekova Trio is a regular to the Chandos catalogue and its recordings are consistently greeted with excellent reviews

Enrique Granados y Campiña was born in Lérida, Catalonia on 27 July to a family that included illustrious members of the Spanish military. He studied composition with Felipe Pedrell in Barcelona. It was Pedrell who undoubtedly helped the composer to cultivate a strongly nationalist style, as he had done for Isaac Albéniz and Manuel de Falla. In 1887 Granados moved to Paris to study the piano with Charles de Bériot , returning to Barcelona in 1889 to begin a career as a concert pianist, touring with Jacques Thibaud, Pablo Casals and Saint-Saëns. It was in this capacity that he found occasions to premiere his own works.

In January 1916 Granados attended the performance at the New York Metropolitan Opera of his operatic version of Goyescas. His American tour also included a visit with President Wilson at the Whitehouse.

The cellist and composer Gaspar Cassadó was born in Barcelona on 30 September 1897. He was the son of Joaquin Cassadó Valls, a Spanish musician of some repute. Gaspar began musical studies with his father, then continued at the Conservatory of Barcelona. In 1910 he went to Paris for lessons with Casals. The year 1918 marked the beginning of his international concert career and he toured extensively with the pianist Harold Bauer, Artur Rubinstein and José Iturbi. He also joined Yehudi Menuhin and Louis Kentner for the performance of piano trios, among which figured his own compositions in this genre.

Turina began his musical training in his native Seville and in Madrid. Whilst in Madrid he met de Falla, and together they moved to Paris to study with Mortiz Moszkowski and with Vincent d’Indy at the Schola Cantorum. It was Albéniz who urged Turina to incorporate Spanish folk idioms into his works, advice that Turina took seriously.

‘…comes through with complete conviction and excellent teamwork… well recorded and balanced too.’
Gramophone on CHAN 9844

‘…this well-recorded disc is thoroughly recommendable.’
BBC Music magazine on CHAN 9844 (Clark/Ives)

‘Superb performances…’
Classic CD on CHAN 9719(2) (Tchaikovsky)

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