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Kapustin, Farrenc, Piazzolla etc

Emanuel Ensemble

Anna Stokes - flute
Louisa Tuck - ‘cello*
John Reid - piano

Champs Hill CHR CD 023

For sheer enjoyment this debut disc will take a lot to beat.

The programme is cunningly created, with only the Schumann in "the repertoire" and several works that deserve to be there, notably Farrenc's splendid trio which should have a prominent place in any collection of trios for this attractive and versatile combination.

They open with Kapustin's jazz-influenced trio and end with Piazzolla; composer of more than 1000 tango-related pieces, "to the tango what Johann Strauss II was to the waltz".

Full sleeve notes including a copy of Malcolm MacDonald's excellent essay and the artwork can be read on line and downloaded as a .pdf.

Perhaps the Emanuels should try to set up commissions for their trio to vie with the extraordinary achievement of the Verdehrs for theirs?

A very high recommendation for these young musicians flair and zest, and for seeing through their concept meticulously, with winning performances captured in fine recording.

Peter Grahame Woolf

* Celllist Louisa Tuck's CV on this disc mentions her participation in a MasterClass (2005) with Bernard Greenhouse, founder cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio, who died this year at 95; see Obituary