"Memories of Corsica"
Reviewed in the Washington
November 18th, 2008
The Verdehr's Colorful 'Memories'
Tuesday, November 18, 2008; Page C03
The Verdehr Trio has become a perennial favorite at the Phillips
Collection, where twice a year it presents new works -- which
it has usually commissioned -- for its unusual combination
of clarinet, piano and violin. The trio continued that tradition
Sunday afternoon, dispatching a Mozart divertimento as an appetizer
but quicklysettling down to some intriguing new works written
for it in the past few years.
Rick Sowash composed his "Memories of Corsica" for
the Verdehr in2007, and it's an engaging, colorful tone poem
in the time-honored genre of musical travelogue. Opening with
a depiction of the island's shimmering heat and empty villages,
it quickly turns light and dancelike in the "Aromatic
and closes with a forceful and even jaunty movement, full of
exuberance and laughter.
-- Stephen Brookes