Three American Trios
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If you like Brahms and Dvorak, these early Americans are in this style.

It might be said that the composers on this recording represent three aspects of what Gilbert Chase called "Boston Classicism." Each composer had close ties to the musical life of Boston, and in his own way, each composer reflected European classical traditions. Typical of turn-of-the-century ideals, the two American-born composers, Parker and Heilman, studied in Germany, then brought back to New England the romantic European style that was then considered more acceptable than less cultured American styles. Paradoxically, Samuel Adler was born in Germany, but he studied in Boston. Even so, his style is solidly based on European classic techniques, especially on his love of Bach and Handel. The Rawlins Piano Trio was founded in the summer of 1987 at the University of South Dakota and named by the trio in honor of their principal benefactors. The trio has dedicated itself to performing works by American composers, as well as the more traditional piano trio literature. Performing throughout the United States, the Rawlins Piano Trio has been invited to perform for the International Sonneck Society for American Music and continues a very active concert schedule.
Samuel Adler, composer
Piano Trio in C, Op. 7
Rawlins Piano Trio

William Clifford Heilman, composer
Piano Trio in C, Op. 7
Rawlins Piano Trio

Horatio Parker, composer
Suite for Piano Trio in A, Op. 35
Rawlins Piano Trio

"William Clifford Heilman (1877-1946) studied at Harvard and taught there for many years. Horatio Parker (1863-1919) also studied at Harvard before teaching Charles Ives at Yale. Both older composers went to Germany to study with Rheinberger, and their music could be that of any minor Germany Romantic....After all this hot-house Romanticism, the hard-driving neo-classicism of Samuel Adler (b. 1928) is an invigorating blast of fresh air. One hears reminiscences of at least two of Adler's teachers in this 1964 work: Hindemith and Piston. The Rawlins piano trio is associated with the University of South Dakota...These capable and idiomatic performances are totally satisfying, although the resonant recording presents us with an oversize version of a piano trio....The general competence displayed here makes this disc a worthy filler-of-small-cracks for the repertoire collector." (Fanfare)
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