Trio No. 2

Margaret Swinchoski, flute; Donald Mokrynski, clarinet; Ron Levy, piano

The industrious New Jersey-based Palisades Virtuosi, a trio of flute, clarinet, and piano, feature a newly commissioned work on every single one of their concerts. Now they’ve collected seven of these works on a new Albany CD. The piece that’s been haunting me the most is a lyrical trio by the late Richard Lane, whose music I’d never heard before. I immediately started scouring the web to learn more about him and came across a series of mysterious photos featuring some of his surviving musical manuscripts, which further added to the otherworldliness of my encounter with his music. Lane’s Trio No. 2 is actually the last thing he ever wrote, and only two of his projected three movements were completed.

—FJO

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