Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Newstead Trio

The Newstead Trio is the ensemble in residence at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. They are young and talented musicians whose careful phrasing in today's video captures every nuance of Invierno Porteño. It is relatively unusual to see Piazzolla's "Seasons" played by a trio but the Newstead Trio has recorded all four seasons along with La muerte del angel on their album Romanza. Without reducing admiration for any of the three musicians, pianist Xun Pan is to be congratulated for his remarkable control and touch in this performance. I have seen too many videos where the pianist so dominates the performance that the instrumental interplay intended by Piazzolla is lost.

The Newstead trio will soon be on tour in China where I am confidant they will be well received. I hope they treat the Chinese audience to some Piazzolla.

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