American Works for String TrioHENRY COWELL (1897-1965): Seven Paragraphs, WALTER PISTON (1894-1976): 3 Counterpoints, ALAN HOVHANESS (1911-2000): String Trio, Op. 201, JOHN HARBISON (b.1938): Trio Sonata, LEONARD MARK LEWIS (b.1973): Berceuse, DAVID COLSON (b.1957): String Trio No. 1 “Zazen”.
Catalogue Number: 08U039
Reference: CRC 3625
Description: Piston’s late (1973) work is a great example of his contrapuntal neo-classicism and from the first notes of Hovhaness’ 1962 trio, you recognize the composer immediately. Cowell’s Paragraphs are the oldest work here (1925) and are like a set of character pieces each representing a kind of mood. Harbison’s 1994 piece is in four movements that go by in less than five minutes, each very rhythmic. The two longest pieces are Lewis’14-minute Berceuse whose lyricism expands into two louder climaxes, and Colson’s 13-minute trio whose five movements are inspired by Buddhism, a couple of which are not far from the meditative spiritualty of Baltic composers. Concordia String Trio.