As leading instrumentalists of their generation, the musicians of Trio Verlaine, David Harding (viola), Lorna McGhee (flute), and Heidi Krutzen (harp), offer spellbinding interpretations, and a kaleidoscopic range of colors in their debut Ravello Records release SIX DEPARTURES, including both old and newly commissioned works.
This combination of instruments was first dreamt of by Debussy who provided the inspiration for future composers. Arnold Bax's evocative, nostalgic, and celtic-inspired Elegiac Trio (1916) provides the first point of departure. André Jolivet's Petite Suite (1941) furthers the magical sound world, and is at once modern and primitive. Jeffery Cotton's Six Departures, written specifically for Trio Verlaine, incorporates the baroque passacaglia form as well as jazz influences and German expressionism. R. Murray Schafer's Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp, commissioned by Trio Verlaine, provides a wildly colorful and theatrical element, with a hymn-like, sacred slow movement and a fin-de-siècle yearning. With this album, the highly imaginative Trio Verlaine reflects back through the 20th century and beyond, while embracing the future with open arms.