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La Muse

Prisma String Trio

Florent Schmitt, Darius Milhaud

SKU: COBRA0080

Year of release: 2021

Trio à cordes Op. 105 00:00
1. Animé sans excès Florent Schmitt
2. Alerte sans exagération Florent Schmitt
3. Lent Florent Schmitt
4. À l’allure d’une ronde animée Florent Schmitt
La Muse ménagère 00:00
5. La Mienne Darius Milhaud
6. Le Réveil Darius Milhaud
7. Les Soins du ménage Darius Milhaud
8. La Poésie Darius Milhaud
9. La Cuisine Darius Milhaud
10. Les Fleurs dans la maison Darius Milhaud
11. La Lessive Darius Milhaud
12. Musique ensemble Darius Milhaud
13. Le Fils peintre Darius Milhaud
14. Le Chat Darius Milhaud
15. Cartomancie Darius Milhaud
16. Les Soins au malade Darius Milhaud
17. La Douceur des soirées Darius Milhaud
18. Lectures nocturnes Darius Milhaud
19. Reconnaissance à la muse Darius Milhaud

About this album

La Muse

This album features two completely different works by French composers both written in 1944; Trio à Cordes Op.105 by Florent Schmitt and Suite La Muse Ménagère’ by Darius Milhaud. One is turbulent and magnificent, the other intimate and poetic. The two composers could not be more different, and might be said to clash. And yet, Prisma String Trio feel their works are a beautiful match and complement each other well. Was it inspiration, call it the Muse, that brought the two together? Florent Schmitt’s muse seems to be Music itself, leading him on in an explosion of compositional creativity. Darius Milhaud names his wife Madeleine as his muse and pours his gratitude into a musical tribute.

Overwhelming, there is no other word for the Trio à Cordes by Florent Schmitt. A string trio with such unique lyricism and such rich harmonies is not often heard, it is overflowing with expression and romance. Beyond impressionism. There is no modern recording of the Trio à Cordes; only 2 LPs were made in 1947 and 1985. The Prisma String Trio dares to take on the challenge of honoring this notoriously tricky work with a modern recording.

The Milhauds are an artistic family. We know Darius as the figurehead of the famed Groupe des Six and Madeleine is a celebrated actress and librettist. Milhaud’s health is frail for most of his life and he ends up in a wheelchair. He was lovingly cared for throughout his life by his wife Madeleine. Out of gratitude he wrote 15 miniatures for her; La Muse Ménagère. The arrangements of these 15 miniatures have been specially arranged for Prisma String Trio by their loved ones, their own muses; Bob Gilmore, Petra Griffioen, Tim Kliphuis en Marijn van Prooijen.

Since its inception in 2002, Prisma String Trio has been lauded for its cutting edge performances. Firmly rooted in the classical string tradition, the Trio presents music from all over the world, from all ages and in many styles, bringing the historic and the contemporary together in an organic way.

Prisma have performed in The Royal Concertgebouw, De Doelen, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and Rijksmuseum halls, at international festivals such as Wonderfeel, Grachtenfestival and November Music and on radio and TV.

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Reviews

Opus Klassiek, mei 2021 (May. 2021)

"Dit album wordt aan ons voorgesteld in de best denkbare vertolking door het in 2002 opgerichte Nederlandse Prisma String Trio met Janneke van Prooijen viool, Elisabeth Smalt altviool en Michiel Weidner cello. Een uitgelezen gezelschap dat progressief samengestelde programma's ook op het concertpodium niet uit de weg gaat." "Het ensemble was opnametechnisch in de zorgzame handen van Tom Peeters, die in de Schiedamse Westvestkerk (een inmiddels wel heel bekende opnamelocatie) laat horen hoe een strijktrio werkelijk behoort te klinken."

Music Emotion (HiFi.nl) (May. 2021)

"Ga er maar even goed voor zitten want dit is een opname die je tot luisteren aanzet, je bij een les tot lúisteren houdt. Het strijktrio van Franse componist Florent Schmitt - mij tot nu onbekend, wie niet? -, en bestaande uit vier delen, eist vanaf het begin je aandacht volledig op mede door de ingezette opnametechniek."..."Beste Music Emotion-lezer, laat deze prachtige uitgave van kwaliteitslabel Cobra niet aan je voorbij gaan, maar beluister dit tot hoog karaat geslepen muzikale diamant door producer/recording engineer Tom Peeters."

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Technical Specifications

Speakers KEF 105.3
Digital To Analog Converter Hapi Merging Technologies
Mastering Equiment Pyramix Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer Tom Peeters
Editing Tom Peeters
Cables Acoustic Revive
Microphones B&K modified by Rens Heijnis
Recording Format DSD256
Analog To Digital Converter HAPI Merging Technologies
Recording Date july 14-16, nov 9, 2020
Recording Location Koepelkerk Renswoude, The Netherlands
Recording Engineer Tom Peeters
Production Tom Peeters