CD Review: Chebotaryan, Babadjanian, Piazzolla (Trio de l’île)

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Gayané Chebotaryan : Piano Trio. 
Arno Babadjanian : Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle. Astor Piazzolla : Las cuatro ­estaciones porteñas
Trio de l’Île
Divine Art 25211
Total time : 54 minutes

I was already familiar with the Trio de l’Île from live performances and aware of the level of cooperation they achieve on stage. Now the players are on disc with this first album released by Divine Art. Comprising violinist Uliana Drugova, cellist Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy and pianist Patil Harboyan, the group presents piano trios by 20th century composers, but not figures we would call modern or contemporary. In two Armenian composers, Gayané Chebotaryan (1918-1998) and Arno Babadjanian (1921-1983), the influence of Russian romantic music is clearly felt. To these the program adds Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) and his well-known Cuatro estaciones porteñas.

There is a beautiful cohesion between all these works. Whether in the Piano Trio of Chebotaryan, the Trio for piano, violin and cello of Babadjanian or the cycle of Piazzolla, we find a common intensity, a passion that inspires them all. The music is also full of bouncy, dancing energy, and not only because of the tango rhythms that characterize Piazzolla’s music. Through their musicality and synergy, the musicians give the necessary momentum and impetus to these trios, most of which are novelties. Excitement guaranteed!

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