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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Fide­lio Trio NMC D147

The four Ir­ish pi­ano trios recorded here are strik­ing in their di­ver­sity of approach. Two in­tro­duce grains of sand in the pur­suit of pearls – Don­nacha Den­nehy’s Bulb through the use of spec­trally gov­erned mi­cro­tones, Ed Ben­nett’s for Mar­cel Dzama via the ut­terly alien- seem­ing in­tru­sions of elec­tron­ics, which echo the blunt jux­ta­po­si­tions of Win­nipeg artist Mar­cel Dzama’s work. Both pieces also share a cer­tain in­dif­fer­ence to the dura­bil­ity of their ba­sic ma­te­rial. Deirdre Grib­bins’s How to Make the Wa­ter Sound is the kind of na­ture-in­spired work its ti­tle sug­gests, and Kevin Volans’s two-move­ment Pi­ano Trio es­says, with many min­i­mal­ist echoes, is a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of sorts be­tween per­cus­sive and more lyri­cal ma­te­ri­als. The Fide­lio Trio’s per­for­mances have the ring of author­ity. www.nm­crec.co.uk

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