Bolcom: Trio for Horn, Violin & Piano & Suite No. 2 for Violin / Ficsor, Finehouse, Gross

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Recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and a GRAMMY Award, William Bolcom is one of America’s most senior and internationally acclaimed composers. Commissioned to expand upon the under-represented horn trio repertoire, Bolcom has written a modern counterpart to Brahms’ Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, Op. 40, in which he incorporates multiple styles into a substantial composition. The Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin is by turns frenzied, melancholic and light-hearted. Bolcom states, “Both works are performed beautifully and well recorded. Bravi tutti!”


The horn, with its mellow colors, doesn’t always conjure pure relaxation; it can be regal even in passages of tranquility. The composer William Bolcom uses this simultaneously lyrical and potent quality during stretches of his Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, created in response to Brahms’s famous trio. But in the final movement — which he has described as a “resolute march of resistance,” written in the wake of the 2016 election — Bolcom lets the instrument strut, with some raucous pressurized notes, drawing it closer to its more jazz-associated cousins in the brass section.

--New York Times (Seth Colter Walls), "5 Minutes to Make You Love the Horn"

Product Description:

  • Release Date: November 26, 2021

  • Catalog Number: 8579102

  • UPC: 747313910274

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: William Bolcom