Things have been less than calm at La Maison Blanche over the past few months (DLA/PIP amongst other DWP issues), so I reach back towards the serene, secure architectural spaces of J. S. Bach’s music.
This is the first track of a recent album, the band are at their best with the two vivace tracks.
Album is available in a variety of formats, including vinyl and HD Flac at Nonesuch Records, which also plays a snippet of each track.
I’ve checked with Ólan that it’s available on TIDAL. lf someone competent could put up a link most obliged, Spotify too.
I’m always a bit wary of bits and pieces album, and think this one demonstrates the uneven quality that comes with the trio seeking out pieces for their strengths.
To my ears, the Trio Sonata (originally composed specifically for organ!) and Sonata for Viola da Gamba are the big hits, with the Prelude/Fugue 18, and Rectus/Inversus mirror from the Art of Fugue also worthwhile listens. The one part tracks are a question of taste.
The Stereophile review may be worth a read
I love the jazzy danciness of some tracks, this band can swing.
But without infusing the jazz in thick Gaulois flavoured smoke.
No need to listen to it all at once! Although Thile is the master of the mandolin, it may get to be too much of a good thing in one sitting. Early evening, beside a swimming pool, glass in hand, might be my choice of listening venue.