There has been a lot of buzz about Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Pas de Trois since its premiere on Sept. 18th, 2016 by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Composed in honor of the ensemble's fortieth anniversary, Pas de Trois is the sixth work that she has written for the trio throughout their long and critically acclaimed career. Having worked with them frequently since celebrating their decennial anniversary with a commission for Piano Trio, Zwilich's collaboration with the ensemble continues to thrive.
As the title suggests, Pas de Trois is inspired by the traditional form of the balletic dance for three. Each member of the trio assumes the role of one of three separate musical protagonists, figuratively dancing their way through syncopated dialogues, slow melodious solos, and a virtuosic finale. With nods to Blues and Jazz idioms, Zwilich's unique compositional voice truly shines. Of the premiere, Janelle Gelfand writes, "'Pas de Trois' was both engaging and sophisticated...The audience approved with a warm response."
Since the premiere, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has performed the piece throughout the country with great success and generous praise. Read on for performance reviews.
Charles T. Downey's review of the performance at the Kennedy Center's Fortas Chamber Music Concerts series in Washington D.C. on December 7th, 2016.
Michael O'Connor's review of the performance at the Dreyfoos Hall of the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, FL on December 14th, 2016.
Dennis Rooney's review of the performance at the Dreyfoos Hall of the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, FL, on December 14th, 2016:
Rex Hearn's review of the same December 14th performance in West Palm Beach.
Lawrence Budmen's review of the performance at Gusman Concert Hall for Friends of Chamber Music in Miami on January 5th, 2017.
Sam Jacobson's review of the performance at the Bienen School of Music's Winter Chamber Music Festival in Chicago on January 13th, 2017.