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Savka Konjikušić – piano
Luís Marques – oboe
Franz Jurgen Dorsam – bassoon
Piano trio HobXV: 27 C-major
Rondo: Allegro moderato
The members of Trio Cremeloque are Savka Konjikušić (piano), Luís Marques (oboe) and Franz-Jurgen Dorsam (bassoon). With many years of experience and hundreds of concerts all over the world, in various formations, the musicians of Trio Cremeloque are connected to many institutions such as Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional, Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra and Instituto Piaget, where they are soloists and teachers. Although quite unusual, this formation has plenty of original repertoire and even some key works in the repertoire of chamber music. Composer Eurico Carrapatoso dedicated a piece to Trio Cremeloque and other composers are preparing pieces for them. They perform their own adaptations of well-known trios with piano, creating their musical identity through a very distinctive sound. The Trio's work goes well beyond the classical repertoire, exploring popular music and film scores. Having gained experience through various types of chamber groups, oboe, bassoon and piano seems to be one of the most interesting and least explored. The members of the Trio studied at renowned schools such as Musik Hochshule Mannheim, Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel and Royal Conservatorium, The Hague and won several national and international competitions. Their first CD, with works by Lalliet, Ravel, Poulenc and Rachmaninoff, was produced by the German publisher SoloMusica and received excellent international reviews, as have their performancies in Portugal and abroad.
Theodore Lalliet's Terzetto, presented by the Lisbon-based Trio Cremeloque on their recent CD, has operatic overtones already present in the title of composition. The sonorous duo between the bassoon and oboe is embellished by the piano in virtuosic contest. The Composer's affinity for oboe, an instrument he played while working in Paris Opera, is present throughout the composition. The climax of the work is most certainly in Andante maestoso, which is sensually rendered by the bassoon and oboe, and by itself justifies this recording.
Another highlight of the CD is Rachmaninov's Trio élégiaque. The warmth of tone combined with orchestral richness of Savka Konjikusic, Luís Marques and Franz-Jürgen Dörsam unfolds the beauty of this work. Trio Cremeloque delivers instrumental finesse and warmth to this early composition of Sergei Ramchmaninov.
Daniel Knödler, Das Orchester
Trio Cremeloque brings good music infused with profound interpretation to the table. The oboist and bassoonist of the Lisbon-based Trio Cremeloque deny the preconceived notion of superiority of string ensembles with virtuosic and expressive playing supported by refined musicianship of pianist Savka Konjikusic.
The opening Terzetto by little-known Theodore Lalliet is infectious in a refined musicality that can only be rivaled by Francis Poulenc's Trio composed half a century later. Trio Cremeloque's arrangements of Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte and Rachmaninov's Trio élégiaque are convincing in their profoundness.
Frits van der Waa, de Volkskrant
The essence of chamber music is socializing because it was originally intended to be performed by friends. That essence is most definitely preserved with Trio Cremeloque. The concert performed by the trio was indeed special. Good communication turned out to be another trademark of Trio Cremeloque; the expressiveness and musicality could only be rivalled by the exceptional balance of the ensemble.
Radio Televison Serbia
Trio Cremeloque, a rare formation, performs original pieces of music not well-known to the public. The trio also plays familiar piano trios with different combinations of instruments. Members of the trio were pupils of acclaimed schools and they are experienced chamber musicians who have played all over the world in various formations. They are also teachers at prestigious Lisbon music schools.