International Connections

Verdehr Trio
Crystal Records CD 946 (2006)

Tracklist

  • 01. Dash (Higdon)
  • 02. REFLECTIONS (Wolfgang)
  • 03.-05. Tibetan Dance (Sheng)
  • 06.-08. Trio (Chatman)
  • 09. Gesangsstück, fantasy (Rihm)

Musicians

Walter Verdehr violin
Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr
clarinet
Silvia Roederer piano

Reviews

” … a truly modern work which would satisfy even the most hard core audiences at the Darmstadt Festival … the inherently musical language of Reflections points to Wolfgang’s solid background in jazz and film music … performers and audiences alike will enjoy the gripping emotionality of the piece.”

Ensemble (GERMANY)

” … a quite classically developed piece wherein its initial motive is teased out in ways that communicate in numerous affective realms – Schubert would have smiled.”

Fanfare

” … Gernot Wolfgang by immediate contrast operates deeper in Bergian waters. There are perhaps hints too of Contrasts but more so I think of the Berg Violin Concerto. He also covers a wide canvas of effects, from bent, or blue notes for the clarinetist, to the violin’s slapped pizzicati. There are also folkloric moments and from 10:20 some expressive moments when each instrument dons a soloistic mantle. The finale is driving with a strangely ambiguous, held final note.”

Jonathan Woolf, Musicweb-International.com

” … quietly Satiean (and possibly H. K. Gruberesque) references to cakewalk and ragtime within a fairly chromatic idiom.”

Calum McDonald, International Record Review

” … swooping rhapsodic gestures and a funky piano groove … ”

Brian Wise, Juilliard Journal Online