Around the World, a new release by Heritage Records features music for clarinet, violin and piano by Aram Khachaturian, Darius Milhaud, Peter Schickele, and Roger J. Henry.
The players are the Ensemble Next Parallel, and its three members – Yevgeny Dokshansky, Enrique Reynosa, and Anna Nizhegorodtseva make an absolutely fulfilling journey out of the sixty-two minutes and fifty-two seconds that it takes to listen to Khachaturian’s 1932 Trio in G Minor for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano, Darius Milhaud’s 1936 Suite for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano, Peter Schikele’ 1993 Serenade for Three, and Roger J. Henry’s 2019 Trio No. 2 for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano.
Traveling musically through Armenian, French, American and Caribbean music, Around the World is immaculately played by three friends from opposite corners of the map, all three superb musicians. Dokshansky, a Belorussian met his colleague Roger J. Henry while teaching at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and that eventually led to a commission to write Trio No. 2 for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano, the composition that is receiving its premiere in this recording.
Serendipity brought Mexican violinist Enrique Reynosa, and Russian Anna Nizhegorodtseva to join the enterprising Dokshansky and form the ensemble that he leads in this debut CD, recorded in the Melodiya Studio at the Lutheran Church of St. Catherine in St. Petersburg in July of 2019. Together they embrace the Eastern flavor of Aram Khachaturian’s inventive Trio in G Minor, with Dokshansky’s clarinet and Reynosa’s violin exchanging filigrees throughout the work’s three brief movements ever sustained with the rock-solid support of Nizhegorodtseva anchoring every moment.
Darius Milhaud’s 1936 Suite is quick moving and glib and demanding of accuracy and agility from all three members of the ensemble. Peter Schickele, best known to most as PDQ Bach is the author of Serenade for Three, a sometimes wacky, sometimes heartfelt composition that takes the listener through an all-American musical landscape. Roger J. Henry’s charming music for his Trio No. 2 for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano is rooted in the composer’s rigorous classical training, spiced up with hints of the Caribbean inflections of soca music of his birthplace in a felicitous combination.
Engineered and produced by Dokshansky and Aleksey Barashkin, the Heritage Records HTGCD 170 album is available from www.heritage-records.com. A gem that will undoubtedly satisfy devotees of chamber music – this lovingly played album featuring an admirable young ensemble is eminently worthy of attention.
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