Ahn-Plugged

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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
It can't be true that all happy families are happy in the same way. When three sisters play together so very nicely, and are smart enough to commission such glorious pieces for piano trio, their happiness must be truly unique. Pianist Lucia Ahn, her twin Maria on cello, and their sister Angella on violin play with a maturity and depth that reflects their many years together since they were featured in a 1987 Time cover story on "Asian-American Whiz Kids." With Ahn-Plugged, they venture into brand-new territory, commissioning angular, amusing, and intelligent works from Kenji Bunch and Eric Ewazen and selecting offbeat but charming compositions from the existing repertory ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Emily King
It can't be true that all happy families are happy in the same way. When three sisters play together so very nicely, and are smart enough to commission such glorious pieces for piano trio, their happiness must be truly unique. Pianist Lucia Ahn, her twin Maria on cello, and their sister Angella on violin play with a maturity and depth that reflects their many years together since they were featured in a 1987 Time cover story on "Asian-American Whiz Kids." With Ahn-Plugged, they venture into brand-new territory, commissioning angular, amusing, and intelligent works from Kenji Bunch and Eric Ewazen and selecting offbeat but charming compositions from the existing repertory for trio. Leonard Bernstein's very early Trio 1937 contains thematic seeds that came to fruition in his score for On the Town. Michael Nyman has made an arrangement of the signature theme from The Piano for the three sisters. Ewazen wrote a classical musician's paean to '60s rock 'n' roll, and Bunch created a 21st-century tribute to Morton Gould and his 20th-century orchestral aesthetic. The addition of percussion in these pieces and some dreamy short works by Astor Piazzolla allow the Ahns to venture into sonic textures and tempos not ordinarily heard in chamber music. What they retain from their study of traditional chamber music is their ability to create a oneness of spirit while each member still plays to her particular strengths, contributing to an apparently seamless whole of beauty, tact, and infinite variety.
All Music Guide - James Manheim
This trio of Korean-born sisters sits astride two marketing trends in classical music, turning heads both with their haute-couture duds and good looks and with their genre-bending unorthodoxy -- their concerts intersperse repertory standards with rock numbers, crossover material like Astor Piazzolla, and contemporary works, some composed for the group. Ahn-Plugged, their new CD, strengthens both these aspects of their emerging identity. On the cover, the sisters, known for rollerblading around lower Manhattan, gallivant across a city street carrying a white, graffiti-covered cello case. Inside is an assortment of contemporary pieces, only one of them Leonard Bernstein's youthful "Trio" of 1937 in more than one movement. "Here," we learn from the notes, "different styles of music co-exist to be shared and experienced by all without any rigid rules." That means a bevy of Neo-Romantic pieces; Michael Nyman's "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" is already well known from its use in the art-film hit The Piano. There are two works by Piazzolla, the Argentine tango-classical fusionist whose work is enjoying an extraordinary revival, an arrangement of a 1985 David Bowie recording made with the Pat Metheny Group, and works by Henji Bunch and Eric Ewazen that add percussion to the trio. It all sounds like just another commercially inspired attempt to draw younger audiences to classical music, but the Ahn Trio plays well and exudes genuine enthusiasm for what they do. The group communicates the spirit of contemporary conservatory students all three sisters are Juilliard graduates who have grown up with popular music and have been fundamentally touched by it, yet are deeply committed to a place for classical music in a pop-dominated world. The zest that pervades "Ahn-Plugged" makes a nice contrast with the studied San Francisco cool of the Kronos Quartet, the group's most obvious predecessor, and high quality here seems compatible with classical music's pop-oriented cutting edge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724355702227
  • Catalog Number: 57022

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Concerto for piano trio & orchestra (or 2 percussionists): Percussion version - Kenji Bunch & Ahn Trio (6:38)
  2. 2 Oblivion, tango - Astor Piazzolla & Ahn Trio (6:09)
  3. 3 Piano Trio - Leonard Bernstein & Ahn Trio (16:25)
  4. 4 Slow Dance, for piano trio - Kenji Bunch & Ahn Trio (9:23)
  5. 5 Primavera porteña, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons]) - Astor Piazzolla & Ahn Trio (4:26)
  6. 6 The Diamond World, for piano trio & drums - Eric Ewazen & Ahn Trio (7:16)
  7. 7 The Piano, film score: The Heart Asks Pleasure First - Michael Nyman & Ahn Trio (3:09)
  8. 8 This is Not America - David Bowie & Ahn Trio (5:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ahn Trio Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    The Ahn Trio was here in small-town, Bremerton, WA. this evening, and I was fortunate enough to see in concert and talk with them after their fabulous show. Their musical performance is stunning, and their presences on stage is awesome--they bring the audience to them...they are free with talking with the audience. If ever you get the chance to see them, it is definitely worth it.

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