This long-awaited album features a new recording of Florent Schmitt’s extraordinary Trio a Cordes (1944). It is just the third time the work has been commercially recorded — and the first one in more than three decades.
La Muse features two completely different works by French composers both written in 1944: Trio à Cordes Op.105 by Florent Schmitt and Suite La Muse Ménagère’ by Darius Milhaud. One is turbulent and magnificent, the other intimate and poetic. The two composers could not be more different and might be said to clash. And yet, Prisma String Trio feel their works are a beautiful match and complement each other well. Was it inspiration, call it the Muse, which brought the two together? Florent Schmitt’s muse is Music itself, leading him on in an explosion of compositional creativity. Darius Milhaud names his wife Madeleine as his muse and pours his gratitude into a musical tribute.
Overwhelming, there is no other word for the Trio à Cordes by Florent Schmitt. A string trio with such unique lyricism and such rich harmonies is not often heard, it is overflowing with expression and romance. Beyond impressionism. There is no modern recording of the Trio à Cordes; only 2 LPs were made in 1947 and 1985. The Prisma String Trio dares to take on the challenge of honoring this notoriously tricky work with a modern recording.
The Milhauds are an artistic family. We know Darius as the figurehead of the famed Groupe des Six and Madeleine is a celebrated actress and librettist. Milhaud’s health is frail for most of his life and he ends up in a wheelchair. He was lovingly cared for throughout his life by his wife Madeleine. Out of gratitude he wrote 15 miniatures for her: La Muse Ménagère. The arrangements of these 15 miniatures have been specially arranged for Prisma String Trio by their loved ones, their own muses: Bob Gilmore, Petra Griffioen, Tim Kliphuis en Marijn van Prooijen.
Since its inception in 2002, Prisma String Trio has been lauded for its cutting edge performances. Firmly rooted in the classical string tradition, the Trio presents music from all over the world, from all ages and in many styles, bringing the historic and the contemporary together in an organic way.
Prisma have performed in The Royal Concertgebouw, De Doelen, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and Rijksmuseum halls, at international festivals such as Wonderfeel, Grachtenfestival and November Music and on radio and TV.
For this release, NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield has teamed with Cobra’s Producer and Recording Engineer Tom Peeters to take the album’s original DSD256 recording session takes and then mixed and balanced them in the DSD domain using the Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 mastering tools.
Each DSD bit rate is individually mixed, balanced, and remodulated to the DSD delivery quality in a separate individual pass. Bringing NativeDSD listeners an exclusive bonus – this wonderful album in Pure DSD! Other editions of this album (CD, Downloads, Streams) were all mixed in DXD.
Prisma String Trio
Janneke Van Prooijen – Violin
Elisabeth Smalt – Viola
Michiel Weidner – Cello
Total time: 00:55:50
Acoustic Revive microphone cables and interlinks
Mixed, Balanced & Mastered in the DSD Domain using the album’s original DSD 256 Stereo and DSD 256 Multichannel takes with Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro Mastering Software by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab in Marshfield, MA
Brüel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis
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Westvest90 in Schiedam, the Netherlands on July 14, 15, 16 & November 9, 2020
|Release Date||April 8, 2021|
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