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John Dutterer
American Record Guide, January 2020

Trio Pangea has apparently struck a deal with Naxos to keep producing all-Brazilian albums, and this second volume is encouraging. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2019

For the second disc in this ongoing release of Portuguese Piano Trios, we move to more familiar 20th century composers already represented in the CD catalogue. That they were not from the outset at the cutting edge of modernity immediately becomes apparent with Luis de Freitas Branco’s Trio which dates from 1908 and, though avoiding the atonality that was shaping European music, its harmonies and sounds were newly born. It was equally individual in its construction, one extended movement coming from a series of linked episodes that retain a flowing continuity. His textures at times owed something to Debussy, Portuguese compositions throughout this era mostly influenced by chamber music coming out of France. Frederico de Freitas’s Preludio, coral e fuga dates from 1923, when he was just twenty-one, and exactly follows the title in its three short cameo movements that began a tendency to go down the path of the Second Viennese School. Sixty-two years later, in 1985, Joly Braga Santos’s extended Trio tends to fall between two stools as he tries to take atonality into lyricism. The result is a three movement work unashamedly very much of its time, but then withdrawing into its shell in the final Lento. The disc is completed by Alexandre Delgado, a pupil of Joly Braga Santos. His Trio Camoniano completed two years ago is in three very short movements and stylistically rather turns the clock back a hundred years, at the same time producing some new and interesting sounds. As with the previous volume, the Trio Pangea show themselves to be an outstanding ensemble, always immaculately balanced. In sum, a highly desirable disc. © 2019 David’s Review Corner

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