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Neave Trio Releases Announces Fourth Album on Chandos Records: Musical Remembrances

Neave Trio Releases Announces Fourth Album on

Chandos Records: Musical Remembrances

Piano Trios by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Ravel

Worldwide Digital Release: April 29, 2022 | CD Release: May 6, 2022 “[Neave Trio’s] performances balance passion with sensitivity and grace” – BBC Music Magazine |

The Neave Trio (Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Eri Nakamura, piano) announce Musical Remembrances — the Trio’s fourth album with Chandos Records, which will be available digitally worldwide on April 29, 2022, with CDs following on May 6, 2022. The album includes Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No. 1; Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8; and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 67. The album is is now available:

The new album presents music connected by the theme of remembrance. Rachmaninoff’s early first piano trio was inspired by Tchaikovsky’s trio in A minor, and shows illuminating(is glimpses of the mature composer to come. The elegiac mood of Rachmaninoff’s work is matched by that of Brahms’s first trio – again an early composition – which was inspired by the composer’s (unrequited) feelings for Clara Schumann. Ravel’s only piano trio was composed in 1914, as France was being drawn into the horrors of the first world war. Ravel draws extensively on the rhythms and forms of his native Basque musical traditions, while the title of the second movement, "Pantoum," refers to a form of traditional Malaysian poetry which typically deals with two separate themes in alternation, a feature to which Ravel responds with a series of contrasting themes and textures.

For the Neave Trio, the concept of remembrance in this album was very personal. They say:

“We feel like the experiences of the last few years, including of course the COVID-19 pandemic, have impacted all of us in ways big and small. When we found ourselves in lockdown like the rest of the world, the idea of time standing still — as well as its fleeting, urgent nature and the universal question of how we spend it — felt more relevant than ever. As COVID affected us on both professional and personal levels, we also found ourselves living with these three works – works we had collectively felt to be 'larger than life' when first approached. The more we lived with them, the more we felt that their legacies, however looming, were also deeply personal. Whether it's a young Rachmaninoff feeling the weight of Tchaikovsky’s legacy in his 'Elegiaque,' Brahms revisiting his youthful trio as a mature composer, or Ravel contemplating what very well could have been his last work — hurriedly writing his Piano Trio before departing for the Great War — nothing, not even the most timeless work of art, is made in a vacuum. Nobody can avoid the question of what they might leave behind or for what they might be remembered.”

Musical Remembrances is the Neave Trio’s fourth album with Chandos Records. It follows Her Voice (2019), an album highlighting the music of distinguished women composers Louise Farrenc, Amy Beach, and Rebecca Clark; French Moments (2018), which includes the only known piano trios by Debussy, Fauré, and Roussel; and Neave’s Chandos debut, American Moments (2016), featuring works by Korngold, Foote, and Bernstein.

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