Janaki (2006)

Penderecki, Beethoven, Barabba

Janaki String Trio

Beethoven’s Trios — he wrote four in all — are early works, but already in the C Minor work on this disc 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 rather 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 Bart.k looks in now and then, especially in the haunting third-movement nocturne. — Alan Rich

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Janaki String Trio

Janaki String Trio brings together three friends and virtuoso musicians whose passion and commitment captivate their audiences as they tackle their music with freshness, energy and maturity. Founded at The Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles in early 2005, the group soon won the 59th Annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and in March 2006, the threesome came to national attention as the first string trio ever to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The Trio also garnered the inaugural BMI Foundation Commission Prize, awarded by Concert Artists Guild at the 2006 Competition.
The Janaki Trio makes its New York recital debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in January 2007. Selected to participate in Canada’s Banff Music Festival in June 2006, this honor follows an exciting 2005-06 season, highlighted by performances on such series as Sundays Live at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lagerstrom Chamber Music at Caltech, South Bay Chamber Music Society and the Music Guild Chamber Music Series.
The ensemble takes its name from the Sanskrit word Janaki (YAHN-uh-kye), which symbolizes self-realization, a quality Janaki Trio aims to facilitate in themselves and in their listeners through their music. Indeed, the Trio makes a unique connection with audiences, not only with the standard works of the repertory, but also with rarely heard new masterworks, such as the string trios by Penderecki and Barabba on this album. The audience’s consistent enthusiasm for this adventurous programming has convinced the Trio that listeners are open to new music when it is presented in an exciting way. This has strengthened the ensemble’s commitment to expand the string trio repertoire by commissioning new works from both celebrated and emerging composers. Janaki Trio commissioned Jason Barabba’s String Trio for their upcoming concert repertoire and for this recording.

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Janaki (2006)

Penderecki, Beethoven, Barabba

Janaki String Trio

Mastering Engineer:

Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray
Yarlung 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    

Recording Engineer: Bob Attiyeh
Recording location: Zipper Hall, The colburn School, Los Angeles
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD256

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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