Friday, November 17, 2006

Trio Nobilis - WOW!

I went to another concert yesterday.... and WOW! The Trio Nobilis was outstanding! Stephen Prutman (piano) Ruggero Allifranchini (violin) and Suren Bagratuni (Cello) played two works.

The first piece was a by an Armenian (living) composer: Tigran Mansurian called 5 Bagatelles. It was a very interesting piece, each of the five movements of the Bagatelle represented a color. As you sat and listened to the music you envisioned a color and you could see how the composer interpreted that color through music.

The second work was... let's just describe it as BIG! They performed Tchaikovsky’s highly-impassioned Piano Trio in A minor, a work rarely heard in live performance and truly a monument of the 19th century chamber repertoire.

The piece was composed and dedicated to the artist "Rubenstein". The skill required to play this piece is phenomenal, I was awe struck! at the conclusion (it was 45 minutes in duration!) the Trio received a standing ovation... well deserved indeed!

This trio is a very diverse group. Stephen is an American, Ruggero is Italian and Suren is Armenian. Each member has their own distinguished career as a soloist yet they still find the time to work together as Trio Nobilis. Look for their CDs on Sony and Naxos labels.... and be sure to find one that includes the Piano Trio in A minor... you don't want to miss hearing it!


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