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Every so often, like a message in a bottle, a perfect blend of classical music and modern music washes ashore revealing an idea, a mood, a revelation so wonderful, one cannot possibly take it all in at once. The Ahn Trio's fourth album, Lullaby for my Favorite Insomniac, is a poetic symphony of sound. With works commissioned for the trio by Michael Nyman and Astor Piazzolla, as well as arrangements of music by famed artists such as David Bowie and Pat Metheny, every track provides a unique and enjoyable listening experience. If you come across this CD, don't even think about passing it by.
- Shining performances - articulate, spirited, and engaging
- Clever blend of the classical and the modern
- "A reinvention of the piano-trio"
- Music is youthful, vibrant, introspective, and warm
- Released: April 2008
- 1 Disk, 16 Tracks
- Total Play Time: 60:12
Guide Review - Ahn Trio's Lullaby for my Favorite Insomniac
The Ahn Trio is comprised of three beautiful sisters born in South Korea and raised in the United States. The Juilliard educated sisters, Angella, Lucia, and Maria, have been performing for over two decades. Beginning with Mozart and Haydn, the girls established their technique in classical music. However, as time progressed, their own musical tastes slowly emerged. Now, alongside classical music, the girls perform a style of music that blurs the lines of classical music and modern music.
On the album you'll find works created after well-established pieces of music including "My Funny Valentine," as well as works specially commissioned works including Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion." The album's title is truly descriptive of the music you might expect - fun, whimsical, tranquil, yet full of life and energy. "Dies Irie"'s gentle fluidity and taking-a-thoughtful-stroll-through-the-park-like nature is one of my favorite pieces on the album, as well as Ra.D's remix of "My Funny Valentine" with its youthful dance rhythms and orchestration. Even if you are a die-hard classical music listener, this blended style of music will surprise and delight you.