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Grand Finale
10th Anniversary Concert
New York Empire Trio
(New York Empire Trio Website)
Hristo Popov, Violin
Kalin Ivanov, Cello
Joshua Pierce, Piano

Weill Recital Hall
(Carnegie Hall Website)

Press: Audrey Ross Publicity

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
January 31, 2009


Joseph Haydn: Trio in D, hob XV:16
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Trio “Élégiaque” in G minor
Roumi Petrova (b. 1970: Trio in C minor, “Eastern Connection”
Roumi Petrova: Fanfare for Obama (World Premiere)
Antonin Dvorák: Trio “Dumsky”, Opus 90

The New York Empire Trio was founded by three musicians with renowned experience and talent. They perform a wide repertoire of classics and recent chamber compositions. Collectively, these musicians, Hristo Popov on violin, Kalin Ivanov on cello, and Joshua Pierce on piano, have won international competitions, recorded for the finest record labels, performed with orchestras in Europe, Russia, and the United States, and performed on television and radio. The New York Empire Trio also teaches chamber music through classes at universities and schools in specialized programs. In the coming summer 2009, the New York Empire Trio will tour Europe and appear in debut concerts in Washington, DC and in Carnegie Hall. (Assistance of Press Notes). Tonight they performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, a more intimate setting.

The Haydn Trio in D opened with crisp musicality and refined style. Kalin Ivanov’s cello was slow and elegant, as the “Andantino piu tosto” drew out the theme with delicacy and poignancy. The “Vivace assai movement” began seamlessly, with playful, frolicking rhythm. Rachmaninoff’s Élégiaque Trio was soulful and exuded a sense of urgency. Hristo Popov’s violin added a waterfall of scintillating notes. Before tonight’s intermission, one more work was presented by this tightly synchronized and beautifully blended trio of artists. Roumi Petrova’s Trio in C minor was created with Eastern European dance dervish, deep string effects, and exotic elements. The three movements, called “Homecoming”, “Transformations”, and “Frolicksome”, also included melancholy passages that build to punctuated percussion, jazzy intonation, and staccato precision. Themes evolved with lyrical repetition, and Joshua Pierce, on piano, added crescendos of notes with vibrancy and richness. This Trio has an organic energy that flows through its presentation.

Roumi Petrova’s Fanfare for Obama was premiered after intermission, and my mind conjured an image of morning sunshine and spiritual joy. Mr. Pierce played with rambunctious enthusiasm, and the work was ornamented with flourishes and fanfare. Dvorák’s Dumsky Trio has about 17 partial movements, encompassed in 7 unique movements. It begins with magical momentum, soon swirling like a waltz. Violin, cello, and piano chase each other, echoing and merging thematic sequences. A mournful melody is introduced, before Mr. Ivanov plays the “Poco Adagio” in solo cello relief. Mr. Pierce added random piano effects, as the three musicians ended the “Vivace” like frenzied furies. The “Andante” opened with deep strings, that showcased the piano in an introspective theme. The cello deepened in “Vivace non troppo”, while later the trio created an ethereal mood. The tempo quickened in “Allegretto scherzando”, and eventually the music spins again in waltz-like waves. Dumsky Trio ended with a romantic, elongated cello, merging with the sweeping and bold violin and piano. Kudos to the New York Empire Trio for the Grand Finale Concert of their 10th Anniversary Season at Weill Recital Hall..

New York Empire Trio
Courtesy of Vanina Tsoneva

New York Empire Trio
Courtesy of Vanina Tsoneva

New York Empire Trio
Courtesy of Vanina Tsoneva

New York Empire Trio
Courtesy of Vanina Tsoneva

Kalin Ivanov and Dr. Henri Delbeau
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

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