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Trios From Our Homelands<p>2017 GRAMMY Nominee for Best Chamber Music Performance</p>

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Trios From Our Homelands

2017 GRAMMY Nominee for Best Chamber Music Performance

Lincoln TrioDavid CunliffeDesirée RuhstratMarta Aznavoorian

  • CDR 90000 165


The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the recording (not applicable to all albums)

    • I. Moderato ma appassionato (10:00)

    • REBECCA CLARKE (18861979)

      Trio for violin, violoncello, and piano (24:33)

      I. Moderato ma appassionato (10:00)

    • II. Andante molto semplice (5:57)

    • II. Andante molto semplice (5:57)

    • III. Allegro vigoroso (8:28)

    • III. Allegro vigoroso (8:28)

    • I. Largo (9:53)

    • ARNO BABAJANIAN (1921—1983)

      Piano Trio in F-Sharp Minor (23:21)

      I. Largo (9:53)

    • II. Andante (6:58)

    • II. Andante (6:58)

    • III. Allegro Vivace (6:23)

    • III. Allegro Vivace (6:23)

    • I. Allegro moderato (4:50)

    • FRANK MARTIN (1890—1974)

      Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises (16:00)

      I. Allegro moderato (4:50)

    • II. Adagio (5:44)

    • II. Adagio (5:44)

    • III. Gigue (5:19)

    • III. Gigue (5:19)

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The Lincoln Trio is renowned for creating “worthwhile programs of serious classical music that are wholly winning and simply delightful” ( For its newest Cedille Records album, “the brilliant Chicago-based Lincoln Trio” (WRTI-FM, Philadelphia) of violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian has crafted a highly personal program of inventive 20th-century piano trios by composers from the individual players’ ancestral homelands of Switzerland, England, and Armenia, respectively. 

A one-of-a-kind album, Trios From Our Homelands offers stellar performances of substantial works that many listeners will be discovering for the first time. The 1922 Piano Trio by England’s Rebecca Clarke brims with attractive melodies presented with virtuosity and musical ingenuity. Armenia’s Arno Babajanian, whom Mstislav Rostropovich called “a brilliant composer,” is represented by his passionate Piano Trio in F-Sharp Minor from 1952. Swiss composer Frank Martin wrote his tuneful Trio on Popular Irish Melodies, the best-known work on the album, in 1925.

The Lincoln Trio made its full-length Cedille album debut with Notable Women, featuring works by Lera Auerbach, Stacy Garrop, Jennifer Higdon, Laura Elise Schwendinger, Augusta Read Thomas, and Joan Tower. Gramophone said, “The performances by the Lincoln Trio are models of vibrancy and control. The notables on this recording could hardly have better champions.” The Strad praised the ensemble’s “interpretative flair” and “supreme clarity of expression.” Cedille’s Turina: Chamber Music for Strings and Piano is an album on which “sensitive and polished readings by the Lincoln Trio and assisting musicians reveal what is best about this neglected repertory” (Chicago Tribune). The group also performed on the Grammy-nominated Naxos recording of James Whitbourn’s Annelies.

Critic Reviews

James Manheim AllMusic

"But this is one of those recordings that gives you the sense of continuing to peel back layers and finding something new at each one . . . The players approach this music with freshness and technical aplomb. A highly enjoyable release of music from the 20th century mainstream."

David Hurwitz Classics Today

10/10 ". . . a splendid concert of three excellent 20th-century chamber works . . . and the Lincoln Trio simply plays the bejesus out of it. Intelligently assembled programs like this one are all too rare, but the Lincoln Trio shows us that they are possible, and set a standard that other groups would do well to emulate."

Jeff Zumfelde Colorado Public Radio

"The performances illuminate the music with intelligence and urgency that make a strong argument for these lesser-known works."

Colin Clarke Fanfare

"The Lincoln Trio's performance is a remarkable achievement . . . this simply remarkable disc might as well have "Want List" written all over it."

Maria Nockin Fanfare

"The Lincoln Trio has presented us with a most interesting CD and I think chamber music lovers will want to own it."

"Based on this fine program i would say that the Lincoln Trio is among the elite of such outfits playing today, capable of extraordinary levels of nuance and detail, filled with admirable sympathy and devotion to the works here presented."


"What is exceptional on this disc is not only the excellent playing but also the underlying thoughtfulness of the program, taking what could have been mere thematic gimmickry and turning it inot a truly revelatory exploration of 20th-century musical thinking by composers in three very different parts of the world."

Jay Harvey Jay Harvey Upstage

"Performances are exemplary . . . They share the advocacy with equanimity through the strength of their performances."

Alan Cronin New Music Buff

"In many ways this recording is representative of the strengths of the Cedille imprint. Attention to fine local musicians, a unique ear for truly interesting repertoire from a variety of time periods (largely 20th century), and high quality recording."

Joshua Kosman San Francisco Chronicle

"Fervent and imaginative . . . ["Trios From Our Homelands"] features three relatively little-known piano trios from the 20th century that deserve better acquaintance - and that get fine, fiery readings from these musicians."

Graham Rickson The Arts Desk

"This is among the most irresistible chamber releases in aeons, and one that's had me quietly whooping with delight . . . I love this disc. You will too."

Fiona Maddocks The Observer

"The Lincoln Trio gives shapely and impassioned performances of these three unfamiliar 20th-century chamber works."

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Program Notes

Album Details

TT: (64:15)
Producer: James Ginsburg 
Engineer: Bill Maylone 
Recorded: August 24–26 and October 5, 2015 Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall at the Merit School of Music, Chicago, Illinois 
Publishers: CLARKE Trio for violin, violoncello, and piano ©1928 Boosey & Hawkes 
BABAJANIAN Piano Trio in F-Sharp Minor ©1952 Edition Silvertrust 
MARTIN Trio sur les mélodies populaires irlandaises ©1925 Verlaag Gebrüder Hug & Co. 
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