Trio Cleonice, the current ensemble in NEC‘s prestigious Professional Piano Trio Training Program directed by Vivian Hornik Weilerstein perform Schubert’s Piano Trio in E Flat Major. Recorded live in Jordan Hall March 14, 2013.
Formed in 2008 at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the Trio is comprised of violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck, cellist Gwen Krosnick, and pianist Emely Phelps. The group takes its name from the restaurant Cleonice in Ellsworth, ME. Not surprisingly, the players derive perhaps equal pleasure from music, fine dining and cooking. They perform with great joie de vivre. The title of their blog says it all—”Grilled Octopus and the Archduke.”
Theballetsuitesecond act ofMassenet‘s opera LeCidis one ofhis best knownand most respectedorchestralworks.The opera, set in Spain in thetwelfth century,is asweepingsagacenters onthe exploits ofDonRodrigue(LeCid)in the battleagainst the Moorsandfight forthe woman he loves. In the same waythatsuggestedBizetsoundsofSpainin his operaCarmen,Massenetusescolorfulorchestration anddance rhythmson striketo evokethe unique flavor ofthe region.Composerinventive useof percussion instrumentsis particularly striking, and certainlyreflects thefact thatearly in hiscareer,Massenetwas apercussionisthimself.The sevenpicturesquemovements are:Castilane, Andalouse, Aragonaise, Aubade, Catalan, MadrilèneandNavarraise.