Musical Remembrances, the new album from the Neave Trio (Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Eri Nakamura, piano) was released today in digital format with CDs to follow on May 6, 2022.
Musical Remembrances – the Trio’s fourth album on Chandos Records – includes Rachmaninoff’s Elegiac Trio No. 1; Brahms Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8; and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 67.
The new album features music bound by the theme of remembrance. Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Trio was inspired by Tchaikovsky’s A Minor Trio and shows illuminating glimpses of the mature composer to come. The elegiac mood of Rachmaninoff’s work is matched by that of Brahms’ first trio – yet another early composition – which was inspired by the composer’s (unrequited) feelings for Clara Schumann. Ravel’s only piano trio was composed in 1914, when France was embroiled in the horrors of the First World War. Ravel draws heavily on the rhythms and forms of his native Basque musical traditions, while the title of the second movement, “Pantoum”, refers to a form of traditional Malaysian poetry which generally deals with two distinct themes in alternation, a characteristic to which Ravel responds with a series of contrasting themes and textures.
For the Neave Trio, the concept of remembrance in this album was very personal. They say:
“We feel like the experiences of the past few years, including of course the COVID-19 pandemic, have affected us all in ways big and small. When we found ourselves locked down like the rest of the world, the idea time standing still – along with its transience and urgency and the universal question of how we spend it – felt more relevant to us than ever. As COVID has affected us both professionally and personally, we have also found living with these three works – works that we had collectively felt to be “larger than life” when first approached.
The longer we lived with them, the more we felt that their legacy, however imminent, was also deeply personal. Whether it’s a young Rachmaninoff feeling the weight of Tchaikovsky’s legacy in his “Elegiac”, Brahms revisiting his youthful trio as a mature composer, or Ravel contemplating what might very well have been his latest work – hastily writing his Piano Trio before leaving for the Great War – nothing, not even the most timeless work of art, is made in a vacuum. No one can avoid the question of what he might leave behind or what might be remembered.”
Praised by BBC Music Magazine for their “generous and warm playing, utterly seductive, the Neave Trio have become one of the finest young ensembles of their generation. They have been hailed by WQXR Radio in New York for their” brilliant and make radiant music,” described by The Strad as having “elegant phrasing and deft control of texture,” and hailed by The New York Times for his “excellent performances.”
Musical Remembrances is the Neave Trio’s fourth album with Chandos Records. It follows Her Voice (2019), an album highlighting the music of distinguished female composers Louise Farrenc, Amy Beach and Rebecca Clark; French Moments (2018), which includes the only known piano trios by Debussy, Fauré and Roussel; and Neave’s debut album in Chandos, American Moments (2016), featuring work by Korngold, Foote and Bernstein.
Gramophone described Her Voice as “a splendid introduction to these three pioneering female composers” and the album was named one of the best recordings of the year by The New York Times and BBC Radio 3. BBC Music Magazine wrote about of French Moments, “[Neave Trio’s] the performances balance passion with sensitivity and grace. And of Neave’s debut at Chandos, BBC Music Magazine wrote: “The Trio offers a strong sense of partnership, with the Bernstein leaping in fine spirit. The Foote shines brightly and is worth discovering”, while American Record Guide described Neave’s playing as “idiomatic and engaging”.
Musical Memories | Neave Trio | Chandos Records | Release date: April 29, 2022 (digital, worldwide) / May 6, 2022 (CD)
Recorded September 21-23, 2021 at Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England
Directed by Jonathan Cooper
 Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Elegiac Trio No. 1 (1892) [14:05]
[2-5] Brahms (1833-1897): Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8 (1853-54, revised 1889) [35:40]
[6-9] Ravel (1875-1937): Trio in A minor, op. 67 (1914) [26:58]
About the Neave Trio: Since forming in 2010, the Neave Trio – violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Eri Nakamura – has received huge accolades for their engaging and forward-thinking performances. Neave has performed at many renowned concert series and festivals around the world, including Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 92nd Street Y, Rockport Chamber Music Festival , the Norfolk and the Norwich Chamber Music Series (UK). , and the chamber music series from the Samoylov and Rimsky Korsakow museums in Saint Petersburg (Russia). The trio have held residency positions at Brown University, the University of Virginia, San Diego State University as the first Fisch/Axelrod Residency Trio, and the Banff Center (Canada), among many other institutions. Neave Trio was also in residence at the MIT School of Architecture and Design in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Richard Colton. In the fall of 2017, the Trio joined the faculty of Bard College’s Longy School of Music as alumni artists, faculty ensemble in residence.
Neave Trio strives to champion new works by living composers and reach a wider audience through innovative concert presentations, regularly collaborating with artists from all mediums. These collaborations include a new project, Rising, with choreographer Gabrielle Lamb, Pigeonwing Dance and composer Robert Sirota; performances with the Blythe Barton Dance Company; projection artist Ryan Brady; the “STEIN2.0” interactive concert series with composer Amanuel Zarzowski; Klee Musings by famous American composer Augusta Read Thomas, created by Neave; the premiere of Missing Words V by Eric Nathan, sponsored by Coretet; and a clip by filmmaker Amanda Alvarez Díaz of Astor Piazzolla’s “Otoño Porteño.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic shut down concert halls around the world, the Neave Trio found meaningful ways to perform safely. In April 2020, Anna Williams and Mikhail Veselov of the Neave Trio were filmed giving an emotional and heartfelt performance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in support of their neighbor – a nurse and new mother – and all essential workers during the coronavirus crisis. The video was shared by PBS’s American Portrait series and has over a million views. Neave has also performed virtual concerts for The Violin Channel’s “Living Room Live” series; the “Notes of Hope: Music for the Frontline” series, which provided a daily performance of thanks by Boston’s leading classical musicians for COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers at Boston medical centers; and for Longy School of Music of Bard College’s Virtual Benefit. Other live concerts included performances presented by the Asheville Chamber Music Series, the University of Idaho’s Auditorium Chamber Music Series, the Center for the Arts at Natick, the Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society, and the President’s Chamber Music Series of Western New Mexico University. In the summer and fall of 2020, Neave performed socially distanced outdoor concerts at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Walnut Hill School’s “Summer of Art, Six Feet Apart” festival, and the Newport Music Festival.
For more information, visit www.neavetrio.com.