The Hedgehog Trio present 10 Mini Trios by 10 Composers, a world premiere performance of works by Raphael Atlas, D. Edward Davis, Christos Farmakis, Ed Fogaςa, Patrick Greene, Probyn Gregory, Joshua Hahn, Chris Neiner, Diana Rosenblum and Anne-Marie Turcotte. Reviewed by J. Peter Bergman.
As part of Pittsfield, Massachusetts' fourth annual 10x10 winter festival The Whitney Center for the Arts presented a concert by the chamber group Red Hedgehog Trio (piano, violin, horn) which included a Sonata by Mozart, a Trio by Brahms and a suite of ten original works by ten composers called 10x10 Trios. It is the suite which is of most importance here.
Marina Krickler, horn, Marji Gere, violin, and Dan Sedgwick, piano are responsible for the commissioning of this work which actually inspired more than one hundred submissions from composers around the world. The resultant piece is a strong compilation of ideas, styles and concepts from the participating composers. It begins with Probyn Gregory's (Los Angeles resident) emotional "Almost There" and concludes with Ed Fogaςa's (Tatuí, São Paulo, Brazil) haunting Samba "Muda Tudo (Everything Changes)." The eight new works that are heard between these two are essential to the challenge of the transition from wanting something to having achieved it.
Highlights of the piece were Diana Rosenblum's (Portland, Oregon) exquisite "Mosaic" with its silences, Chris Neiner's (Burnsville, MN) "Toy Chest" with its manipulations of sound, Christos Farmakis's (Copenhagen, Denmark) "Swamp" which presents a literal soundscape, "Gnossiesque" by Raphael Atlas (Northampton, MA) with its very Satie-like tonalities and Anne-Marie Turcotte's (Milan, Italy) "L'écrevisse (The Crayfish)" which fully presents an animal in miniature through the sound effects of the three instruments.
The Brahms Trio in E-flat Major, op. 40 was very well pleased and a lovely way to end the program. The Mozart Sonata in A Major for violin and piano, K. 526 seemed under-prepared and weak and did not provide a proper introduction for the fine music that followed it.