MP3 Montage of Three - Colors on the Wind
Blending the beautiful sounds of oboe, cello and piano into a style of their own. Uplifting, original compositions that demonstrate the structure of classical and the sense of freedom of jazz. Heart-felt performances, full of poise and depth
12 MP3 Songs in this album (57:50) !
Related styles: New Age: Neo-Classical, Classical: New Age, Type: Acoustic
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Montage of Three is a trio of classically trained musicians who come together to create music that demonstrates both the formal structure of classical music and the sense of freedom more typical of jazz. Montage of Three (formerly called Montage) are Peter Wortman on oboe and English horn, Tom Schmutzler on piano, and Christopher Pegis on cello. All the pieces were composed by Wortman and Schmutzler in a style that is by turns lively and reflective. This is articulate and heart-felt chamber music full of poise and depth -- as well as top-notch performances by these highly skilled musicians. Colors of the Wind will surely appeal to all lovers of thoughtful contemporary acoustic music. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats, All Music Guide
5.0 out of 5 stars Montage of Three: Colors On The Wind - Great Album, April 27, 2009
By Michael Swanson (Gresham, OR)
I came back to Amazon to see if Montage of Three had released any new albums and it looks like they just did the one. I absolutely love the oboe and when combined with cello and piano, well it''s just heaven. Each composition is unique and showcases each musician''s excellent skills. Since I purchased the album new after hearing several pieces from it on Echoes, I''ve been enjoying it now for nine years. I HIGHLY recommend this album if you''re a fan of classical trios or just simply like oboe, cello and piano. This is a happy, uplifting album that you will listen to over and over again.
Montage of Three: Colors on the Wind, Rating: 9/9 (exceptional)
By Linda Kohanov, CD Review, January 1991.
Even though the 12 Selections on Colors on the Wind were fully composed and notated, the music flows organically. At the same time, Montage of Three''s preparation is obvious: The group’s ideas are succinct, well-developed, and highly creative. Consequently the trio can cover a lot of musical ground in a three- or four-minute time span.
Oboist Peter Wortman, pianist Tom Schmutzler, and cellist Christopher Pegis play with uncommon grace and sensitivity. You might describe their style as contemporary chamber music; they have a highly refined impressionistic bent. Yet they’ve balanced their formal training and classical tendencies with a sense of freedom that comes from jazz and rock music on the side. As a result, they use their technical virtuosity in unpretentious and thoroughly entertaining ways.
“Perpetual Motion”, for instance, takes you through a sophisticated funhouse of tricky piano accompaniments, unexpected harmonic twists, crisp staccato oboe articulations and fast yet lyrical cello lines. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Schmutzler’s gently rocking piano figures and the long intertwining melodies of Wortman and Pegis seem to travel along waves of stardust to spectacle of indescribable wonder. “Legacy” slips back into the past for a respectable treatment of themes by J.S. Bach., while “Far Corners” features jazz syncopations and basslike pizzicato interludes for cello.
No matter how many moods and modes of expression Montage of Three explores, there’s an overwhelming feeling of optimism. Somehow this makes the groups music relaxing, even as it bounds up and down scale passages with admirable technical dexterity. These guys have fun with their music, they also happen to be great musicians, and it shows.
The intimate ambience of the recording brings out a pleasing sense of warmth in all three instruments, which add to the richness of this listening experience.