Trio Nota Bene - Swiss Perspective
- CD 2912
Trio Nota Bene: «Swiss Perspective»
After a first volume dedicated to Russian music in 2007, in which they mingled Rachmaninov's and Arenski's crepuscular romanticism with Shostakovich's "revolutionary" 20th century (CD 50-2720), the young Nota Bene Trio from the canton of Valais, Switzerland, is back with Claves with a programme that is 100%….. Swiss! A hymn to a land that they cherish, but particularly to composers from the turn of the century whose chamber music riches are still little known today, this "Swiss Perspective" album is a truly sensational experience for one's ears and one's curiosity! Joachim Raff's First Trio, Ernest Bloch's Three Nocturnes, Arthur Honegger's Trio in F, and finally Frank Martin's Trio on Popular Irish Melodies: the journey proposed by Lionel Monnet (piano), Julien Zufferey (violin) and Xavier Pignat (cello) honours the prestigious masters whom they came across on their travels. With a Diploma from the Lausanne Conservatory, in Patrick Genet's class (first violin of the Sine Nomine Quartet), Nota Bene have an impressive background. Disciples of the Wanderer Trio in Paris, who praised their "stunning musical maturity", they also benefited from Menahem Presler's precious advice (Beaux-Arts Trio), as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi's from the Vermeer Quartet. Among their latest successes, they performed in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in 2008, and were appointed artistic directors of the Champéry "Rencontres Musicales" Festival the following year.