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Argandi Piano Trio plays Vasks

My thanks to the argandi piano trio for introducing me to the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks and for re-establishing my faith in the innate possibilities of the piano trio. 

As a result of a couple of recent experiences, I had been wondering whether the combination of piano, violin and ‘cello was not simply too great a compositional challenge.  Often the piano seems overbearing, or its timbre just too different from the timbre of the string instuments, making it impossible to mix.

However, I have to admit that the argandi’s performance of Peteris Vasks’ Episodi e canto perpetuo at the Rosario centre in Bever, Belgium, has convinced me that the combination can be made to work – here is a piece that seems only possible as a piano trio.  Well worth a listen.  A live performance is highly to be recommended.

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