At the age of 17 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor became fascinated by the music of Dvořák, with its American and African-American influences. At 19 he heard Brahms’s landmark Clarinet Quintet, and immediately set to work on his own, which is filled with lush, youthful extravagance, and—like much of his music—incorporates traditions from both his African and English heritage. Ravel’s highly original Piano Trio is an exquisite work of consummate lightness and stunning power, featuring gorgeous melodic lines, rhythmic complexity, and truly otherworldly beauty.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor | Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 10 (1895)
Todd Palmer clarinet; Susie Park and Jennifer Elowitch, violins; Melissa Reardon, viola; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Maurice Ravel | Piano Trio in A Minor (1914)
Gabriela Diaz, violin; Brant Taylor, cello; Henry Kramer, piano
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