The Piano Tuner: contemporary piano trios from Scotland

Fidelio Trio
Alexander McCall Smith (narrator)

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Storytelling takes centre stage in the Fidelio Trio’s second recording for Delphian, in which they are joined by Alexander McCall Smith, who narrates Sally Beamish’s evocative The Seafarer Trio with a mingled intimacy and plangency. The comparatively abstract sounds of Nigel Osborne’s The Piano Tuner track a journey into the dark heart of nineteenth-century Burma, while the stories told in Judith Weir’s Zen-inspired Piano Trio Two include that of ‘How grass and trees become enlightened’.

‘as bracing as a splash of water from a Highland stream … This kind of music is food and drink to the Fidelio Trio and it gives sure-footed, rhythmically alive, directly communicative performances of all three works’
— International Record Review

‘The fine Fidelio Trio plays each piece with deft understanding of its aesthetic stance’
— Sunday Times, October 2010

‘a thought-provoking release — recorded and annotated to Delphian’s customary high standards’
— Gramophone, January 2011

  • Recording venue(s): Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh
  • Recording dates: 8-10 September 2009
  • Physical format: Jewel case
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Number of tracks: 12
  • Total playing time: 0:57:24
  • First UK release date: August 10, 2011

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