Ravel finished his trio just before the outbreak of the First World War, a war which contributed to the definitive break with nineteenth century art, tradtions and aristocracy. In itself, the pianotrio retains the warm nostalgia of late nineteenth century impressionism as well as an almost lighthearted desire for a radical new, modern and unknown future.
Ten years earlier, Ravel wrote his “Miroirs” for piano solo, from which he transcribed “Alborada del Gracioso” for orchestra just after the war. As a basis for his transcription, Maurice Lammerts van Bueren used both the piano version and the orchestra version.
“Voyage à l’horizon..... seul.....” was especially composed by Kees Olthuis for Trio Suleika. The work was commisioned in 2006 by Madam Dorine de Vos to recount the life of her late husband, Harry Wich, a famous artist and stage designer for opera productions in Amsterdam and Paris. The work shares its title with one of Wich’s paintings.
This CD with works by Ravel and Olthuis will be Suleika’s third a CD.
Their first CD was a live-registration in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, released by the Dutch broadcasting company AVRO.
The second CD contained trios by Rachmaninoff and Dvorák