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  The De Parys Trio play music by Ferdinando Carulli (1770 -1841)
   
 


Trios for Flute, Violin & Guitar Op. 9 & 12

Trio in A major, Op. 9, No. 1
Allegro
Romance Largo
Rondo Allegretto

Trio in D major, Op. 9, No. 2
Allegro
Romance Larghetto
Rondo Allegretto

Trio in E minor, Op. 9, No. 3
Allegro Vivace
Romance Largo
Rondo Allegretto

Trio in D, Op. 12
Largo
Allegro
Thema de Pleyel - Andante
Allegretto

   


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Ferdinando Carulliís two most favoured collaborating instruments were the flute and the violin, and it is on the present recording that we hear the guitar in the company of both. In all three of the Op.9 trios, the composer retains the standard three-movement format, and within his chosen parameters, Carulli soon establishes himself as a fullyfledged craftsman with an endless capacity to both engage and entertain - the wonderfully uplifting Rondo that concludes the first trio being proof in itself of his status as a master tunesmith. Although the guitar naturally takes what is fundamentally an accompanying role, Carulli finds many opportunities to bring his own instrument to the front of the mix, the Allegro that opens the second trio being one of several movements in which the guitarist spends significant parts of the proceedings taking a solo, accompanied from the sidelines by the violinist and the flautist. Trio Op.12 finds Carulli working on a wider canvas and perhaps in a more introspective frame of mind, its majestic introductory Largo leading to an Allegro that, although predominantly upbeat in countenance, is not without its wistful moments. By the closing bars of the valedictory Allegretto, that unshakeable optimism is fully restored in the customary spirit of exhilaration without exhaustion. His unfailing ability to keep the lights on while resisting any temptation to dazzle was surely Ferdinando Carulliís special gift.