“Warning – May Cause Mood Swings” – The Saint Michael Trio – Presentation Partners

by | Mar 23, 2012 | Classical CD Reviews

“Warning – May Cause Mood Swings” – The Saint Michael Trio [Tracklist follows] Presentation Partners PP26513. 71:02 ****:
This is not your usual classical string trio. The three members—Daniel Cher, violin; Russell Hancock, piano; and Michel Flexer, cello—come out of the SF Bay Area’s Silicon Valley, and two of them are involved in that area of technology, while the third is a medical doctor. They are Musicians in Residence at Menlo College and they maintain a regular concert schedule.
But what they have played at those concerts since 2007 is not the usual classical string trio program by any means. They play works from many different sources, usually arranged for their trio. These sources are often as widespread as Mozart to Stevie Wonder and Led Zeppelin. Movie themes, tangos, classical/jazz numbers are part of their repertory.  And they engage their audiences in ways classical performers seldom do, with jokes, stories and sharing.
These techies by day and performing artists by night have the type of original approach that is gaining new audiences for classical music who never before gave it the slightest thought. Great for listening to in the car! The whole concept of classical crossover has evolved and changed greatly due to ensembles like The Saint Michael Trio, and the classical world is sure to benefit from it. You can hear three short excerpts and read more about The Saint Michael Trio at their web site.

1Veloce from Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano (Bolling)
2Romantique from Suite for Violoncello and Jazz Piano Trio
3Javanaise from Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano
4Irlandaise from Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano
5Badine from Picnic Suite
6Tendre from Picnic Suite
7Galop from Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio
8Sentimentale from Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano
9Baroque and Blue from Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano
10Stairway to Heaven, Page/plant, Arr. Buc.
11Dirait-On from Les Chansons De Roses, Lauridsen, Transcr. Hancock
12The Way You Look Tonight, Kern, Arr. Wilson
13Oblivion, Piazzolla, Arr. Bragato
14It Ain’t Necessarily So, Gershwin, Transc. Heifetz/cher
15Irlandaise from Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio, Bolling, Arr. Cher
16Cinema Paradiso Suite, Morricone, Arr. Intersection Trio
17Sweet Georgia Brown, Bernie & Pinkard, Arr. Cameron Wilson
18Javanaise from Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio, Bolling Arr. Cher
19Milonga: Nocturna, Wilson
20Rembrances from Schindler’s List, Williams, Arr. Cher
21Release, Finlayson
22Pas De Chat, Finlayson
23Hiccup De Tango, Wilson
24Intersections, Bunch
25Magic Hour, Bunch

—John Sunier