The concert was the second of two performances to promote MOTO CONTINUO, a new album of works for piano trio and solo cello by composers Osias Wilenski, Nicholas Ascioti, Diane Jones, John A. Carollo, Robert Fleisher, and Brian Noyes.
The program featured a diverse array of moods, textures, and timbres that effectively highlighted the character of the composers' work, as well as the versatility of Trio Casals' playing.
Ovidiu was joined onstage by his colleagues in Trio Casals: violinist Sylvia Ahramjian and pianist Anna Kislitsyna. The performance in New York culminated over a year of preparations that included Trio Casals rehearsing each piece for the recording studio as well as the stage.
Many of the composers featured on the program were present at Weill Hall, with some travelling from as far as Wales and Hawaii to be there. Each composer was invited to the stage to introduce their piece and to share some insight in their inspiration behind its creation, adding another layer of depth to the project.
|Trio Casals during sound check at Weill Recital Hall|
"Ma mère," Robert Fleisher's reinterpretation of "Jeux de Vagues" from Debussy's La mer, opened the second act with alternately calm and rapid melodic flourishes between brief moments of silence. Nicholas Ascoti's "Adirondack Tableau" continued the bright musical reflection that he began with "Adirondack Meditation" on 2013's MOTO PERPETUO. The evening concluded with Brian Noyes's "Piano Trio Op. 38," a piece that spans the entire dynamic spectrum, gradually building from whispering harmonics in the introduction to a powerfully aggressive climax before regressing towards a softer yet engaging finale.
|L-R: Sylvia Ahramjian, Brian Noyes, Anna Kislitsyna,|
and Ovidiu Marinescu, after the concert
MOTO CONTINUO will be released on Navona Records on July 10th. In the meantime, you can check out some more information about the album and some audio samples here.