Ernest Moeran: Chamber Works - RES10296

Ernest Moeran: Chamber Works

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Fidelio Trio
Darragh Morgan (violin)
Tim Gill (cello)
Mary Dullea (piano)
with
Nicky Sweeney (violin)

Ernest Moeran’s love for Ireland and absorption of its music and musicians led to the composer living on the island of Valentia for two years while later making Kenmare his second home from around 1934 until his death there in 1950. Moeran’s experiences in Ireland appear to have influenced him melodically in the traditional folk dance-like textures he embraces, particularly throughout his early Piano Trio and Violin Sonata featured on this album alongside his Prelude for Cello and Piano and Sonata for Two Violins.

With their own strong links to Ireland, the album is performed by the Fidelio Trio with violinist Nicky Sweeney. In the four chamber works on this album Moeran’s use of melodic and harmonic turns, his approach to instrumentation and command of the strings and piano writing, has gifted us a treasure trove of focus in repertoire, utterly connected, through him, with music of places and peoples.

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor (1923)
1. Allegro non troppo ma energico
2. Lento
3. Vivace e molto ritmico

Sonata for Two Violins (1930)
4. Allegro non troppo
5. Presto
6. Passacaglia, Poco maestoso, ma con moto

7. Prelude for Cello and Piano (1943)

Piano Trio in D major (1920)
8. Allegro
9. Lento molto – Andante
10. Allegro vivace
11. Allegro

'Especially valuable here is the superbly articulate and memorably affectionate advocacy lent to the disarming Piano Trio [...] this enterprising anthology yields copious rewards and can be welcomed without reservation.'

- Gramophone (Editor's Choice)

'Especially valuable here is the superbly articulate and memorably affectionate advocacy lent to the disarming Piano Trio [...] this enterprising anthology yields copious rewards and can be welcomed without reservation.'
Gramophone (Editor's Choice)

'...It's clear that [the Fidelio Trio] are right inside the idiom, with an emotional freedom that allows the lyrical character full rein.'
BBC Music Magazine

'Lyricism is to the fore in this carefully programmed recital. [...] The engineering is first-rate throughout.'
The Strad

Credits
© 2022 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2022 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10296
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262793251
Cover image: The Lighthouse, Valentia Island. Photography by Stephen Power
Release date: 4 February 2022