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AUSTRALIAN MUSIC WITH ‘PANACHE AND ABANDON’ FROM BENAUD TRIO

Benaud Trio

Benaud Trio’s debut recording of music by Australian composers is exciting the critics. With world premiere recordings of the works of Ross Edwards, Paul Stanhope, Matthew Hindson and Nicholas Buc the trio of Lachlan Bramble (violin), Ewen Bramble (cello) and Amir Farid (piano) show off their stellar artistry.

Vincent Plush in THE AUSTRALIAN REVIEW writes of the Benaud Trio CD: “Perhaps more than any other ensemble formation, Australian music history is blessed by a succession of piano trios, usually faculty at our teaching institutions. Faculty composers have dutifully provided some repertoire but in recent years, since the proliferation of chamber music competitions, younger composers have responded eagerly to the challenge of creating new works for this sometimes fatigued outfit.

“Lachlan Bramble, Ewen Bramble and Amir Farid toss off these world premiere recordings of works by Edwards, Stanhope, Hindson and Buc with panache and abandon. While there’s a tendency towards the elegiac in some deal of the music, there are still a lot of spunky rhythms to keep the lads in trim. Particularly so in the drive of Matthew Hindson’s 2007 trio and its hilarious final movement, ‘Epic Diva’. In Nicholas Buc’s Trailer Music, they pour lashings of sugar-coated toppings to the 30-year-old composer’s mash up of almost every cliché of corny cinema music in the book. While Paul Stanhope’s refined revisitation of a Monteverdi madrigal gropes in the direction of Benjamin Britten, Ross Edwards’ music leaps and bounds in the gardens of Norman Lindsay like a frisky puppy.

“Melba’s recording quality, with a lot of bass grunt, is immaculately clean, the signature touch of this company. It’s great to see Melba engaging so whole-heartedly with Australian music and young performers. With its stylish design and comprehensive notes in three languages, someone has an eye to the international market. This CD, its music and, most of all, its dynamic young performers, would make a terrific export product.”

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 “This Australian trio...delights with its precision and youthful vitality...sparkling chamber music” Otago Daily Times (NZ)

“…the Benauds explore so sensitively.” The Guardian (UK)

“…loud commendation for giving classical aficionados the chance to hear contemporary Antipodean compositions… ”Sunday Herald Sun

“…clearly exceptional . . . something to cherish!” Audiophilia (Canada)

“…playing that sizzles with youthful vigour ” Courier Mail (Australia)

“...action...drama...romance all the way through to epic Cinerama.” Limelight (Australia)

 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Benaud Trio’s second Melba CD, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, features the music of Smetana, Dvořák and Mercury/Buc.

Lachlan says: “When approached for a follow up recording the choice of repertoire came quite quickly. Dvořák’s Dumky trio was one of the first pieces we played together as a group and each time since then have felt a special affinity with the work. As a companion, the Smetana is a more recent addition to our repertoire, but also a piece that we clicked with. The inclusion of a cover version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is far more than a play on words. Freddie Mercury’s masterpiece is grand in scope, operatic in design and has the same rawness, sorrow and boldness of spirit of the great Bohemian romantics.”