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Janaki String Trio

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Beethoven’s Trios — he wrote four in all — are early works, but already in the C Minor work on this album, the tread of the dramatic master is apparent. Just the opening, a dark, menacing melody that shows up again in the great Opus 131 Quartet of many years later, tells us that. C Minor was, of course, Beethoven’s most dramatic tonality throughout his lifetime; even though this early trio tends to slither into happier C-major tones readily, the dark shadows are never completely out of earshot.

The short, two-movement String Trio of Krzysztof Penderecki dates from 1990 — later, therefore than the time of his violent, dramatic heaven-stormers like his opera The Devils and the big choral works. Here is Penderecki in a conversational, almost neo-romantic mood. His instruments chat each other up during the agreeable slow movement and then do so again at a busier pace in the second movement. This charmer of a movement begins as a fugue and gallops congenially toward its end.

After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies at Occidental College, Los Angeles-based composer Jason Barabba studied music at the University of Chicago, the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, Los Angeles. His teachers include John Eaton, Andrew Imbrie, Christopher Dobrian, and David Lefkowitz. His DNR for Large Orchestra was recently recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic for ERM Media’s “Masterworks of the New Era” recording project and will be released on Volume 10 of that series. His recent commissions include this Trio for Janaki and Study in Orange for the Orange County High School for the Arts. His Trio is in four movements. Bela Bartok looks in now and then, especially in the haunting third-movement nocturne.



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Penderecki String Trio - Mov. One
Penderecki String Trio - Mov. Two
Beethoven String Trio in C-Minor - Adagio con espressione
Beethoven String Trio in C-Minor - Scherzo, Allegro molto e vivace
Barabba String Trio - (Obstinate Spaces)
Barabba String Trio - (Anamnesis)

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Mastering Engineer

Steve Hoffman, Kevin GrayYarlung recorded this album directly to two tracks of RMGI 468 analog tape running at 15 ips, with no mixer.  We used the Hapi converter and Pyramix software from Merging Technologies in Switzerland to make these transfers to DSD.  Our sincere thanks to Merging Technologies for making this quartet of releases possible    

Original Recording Format

Recording Engineer

Bob Attiyeh

Recording location

Zipper Hall, The colburn School, Los Angeles

Recording Type & Bit Rate

Analog to DSD256

Release DateFebruary 21, 2015

Press reviews

NativeDSD Listener 5 out of 5

This is one of the greatest recordings of a string trio (or quartet for that matter). Most modern classical recordings have too much reverb for my tastes. I prefer a drier close-miked sound that does not obscure detail and has the added benefit of making it feel like the performers are in the room.

The detail is phenomenal. The tone of each instrument is to die for and the performances are riveting.

I often use this to ensure my system is set up correctly to portray the detail, soundstage, and bottom end clarity on the cello.




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