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Benaud Trio

Otago Daily Times (NZ)
Geoff Adams

This Australian trio of Amir Farid (piano), Lachlan Bramble (violin), and Ewan Bramble (cello) delights with its precision and youthful vitality. It plays sparkling chamber music by four compatriots, who prove they are highly innovative and entertaining composers. All world premiere recordings, the programme opens with Ross Edwards’ Piano Trio (1998), a powerful work in which the third movement displays relentless energy. Paul Stanhope’s Dolcissimo Uscignolo (2007) extracts playful elements from a Monteverdi madrigal, and Nicholas Buc’s Trailer Music (2010, commissioned by the trio) is a collage of music inspired by pre-film advertising. The outstanding Piano Trio (2007), by Matthew Hindson, is full of invention, opening with a moto perpetuo, a more lyrical second movement, then closing with Epic Diva. Don’t miss this disc! 

Highlight: Exciting new modern trios.