Brahms & Bridge: Piano Trios
J. Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8 (revised version, 1889); F. Bridge: Phantasie Piano Trio in C Minor, “Piano Trio No. 1”
Rafał Zambrzycki-Payne – violin, Hyung-ki Joo – piano, Thomas Carroll – cello
Paladino Music PMR0076 (also available on naxos.comand amazon.com) – April 2016
Former principal of the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and current concertmaster of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice, violinist Rafał Zambrzycki-Payne was born in Łódź, Poland. For his latest recording, he has teamed up with pianist Hyung-ki Joo, the famous half of the popular “Igudesman & Joo” duo, and cellist Thomas Carroll, a fellow member of the Dimension Trio, for a dazzling reading of Brahms’ all-time favorite Piano Trio B Major. Also on this recording is Frank Bridge’s gorgeous Phantasie Trio, a much underestimated gem of the chamber music repertoire of the early 20th century.
Other recent recordings by Zambrzycki-Payne include Portrait Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne: XX/XXI (EMCD-015) released by EM Medien Records, the in-house recording label of Ensemble Modern. This survey of greats of the 20th and 21st century violin repertoire includes Witold Lutosławski’s Partita (1984) for violin and piano.
For more about Zambrzycki-Payne, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and the Parkhouse Award, visit www.rafster.com.