Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Review -- TRIO ACCORD -- JS Bach Goldberg Variations

JS BACH GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
Trio Accord
Skylark Music
9-out-of-10
Trio Accord is a chamber trio which is exploring somewhat new ground with a disk devoted to Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Bach composed the Goldberg Variations in 1741 for the two-manual harpsichord. It wasn’t until 1985, the tercentenary of Bach’s birth that the variations were transcribed for string trio by renowned violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky. While that is now a quarter of a century ago, in terms of exploring Bach’s music, it is a very short period.
With this CD Trio Accord is exploring one of the greatest composers in history in a fashion which is still relatively new in terms of instrumental interpretation of the Master’s work.
The result is a beautiful album. The music is relaxing, beautiful, and enjoyable.
You do not need to be a fan of either chamber music, or of Bach to just sit back and let this CD wash over you. Take it in and let it carry you to a happier place. Truly I could sit back as I listen to the disk and just let my mind go where ever the music chooses to take me.
Trio Accord is based in Vancouver, and is comprised of Mary Sokol Brown on violin, Andrew Brown on viola, and Ariel Barnes on cello.
This is a CD that has already been recognized as a significant one, having earned a 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards nomination for Classical Recording of the Year.
This is a must for Bach and classical fans, although the recommendation goes broader than that. Any true music fan should relish this wonderful CD.
You can learn more at www.trioaccord.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 6, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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