DARON HAGEN (b.1961): Piano Trios No. 1 "Trio Concertante", No. 2 "J'entends", No. 3, "Wayfaring Stranger" and No. 4 "Angel Band".

Catalogue Number: 09M091

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.559657

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: Each of these trios, written between 1984 and 2007, represents a particularly personal inspiration for the composer. The third employs a folk spiritual, presented in several variations, and is a tribute to the memory of the composer's brother. The first two trios were pivotal steps in the composer's development; tough and neoclassically oriented, with a tightly organized formal structure, they display a young composer's formidable technique and eloquent expressiveness. The second was inspired by the reputed last words of Nadia Boulanger. The fourth, like the third, incorporates American folk material; in all the language is tonal, most pronouncedly in the vernacular-flavored recent pieces. Finisterra Trio.

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