"Pippa Passes - five songs of Asolo" is a setting for mezzo and piano trio of some of Robert Browning's most famous lines, from his dramatic poem of the same name. Mezzo Yvonne Howard is on top form, with a splendid characterisation of Pippa, passing innocently through the decidedly murky world of Asolo.
The trio's violinst and pianist then give a fine performance of "Affinities", a sometimes dark and complex work that finishes with two sparkling movements, including a very difficult five/eight scherzo that the players toss off with great nonchalance.
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