Music for Flute, Viola, and Harp

Adrienne Albert, Sonny Burnette, Claude Debussy, Dan Locklair, Manuel Moreno-Buendia

Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flute
Sheila Browne, viola
Jacquelyn Bartlett, harp



“...a thoroughly enjoyable recital... [The Fire Pink Trio are] engaging advocates of their chosen repertoire... together they consistently achieve great heights of expression... I for one can't wait for the sequel!”
Journal of the American Viola Society [May 2016]
“Did Debussy create the perfect ensemble when writing his flute, viola, and harp sonata? Or is stretching and cajoling to make music work for this unlikely trio more a product of just how fun it is to play the Debussy together? In the case of Fire Pink Trio, it would seem the answer is yes to both questions... Fire Pink offers up [the Suite Populaire Espanola] in a whole new language that’s saturated with deep color. It’s impressive to catch in a recording a change of timbre this way. I am impressed. Breezy and joyous is the closing gem, Sonny Burnett’s “Cruisin’ with the Top Down.” This one is worth the price of the disc and then some... thank goodness Claude [Debussy][ found these three women because we get the spoils of their encounter.”
Alison Young, Harp Column [September 2015]
“This new release by the Fire Pink Trio is a most original compilation of classical and contemporary works for the unusual combination of flute, viola, and harp… the entire program has a cohesiveness that is at once pleasingly balanced, yet unselfconscious in its easy-going hybrid contemporaneity... [The Fire Pink Trio] plays with great lyricism, generous coloration and shading, and a lovely balance of blended tone and individual voice. .. the sound has naturalness and warm, rounded ambiance... Poetry in Motion is a delightful addition to the chamber repertoire for these three instruments, and the Fire Pink Trio is to be complimented for its programming and playing.”
Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold, Fanfare [July/August 2015]
“all three [members of Fire Pink Trio] have impressive resumes and, if I can judge from the performances on this disc, impressive talent as well. The unusual combination of flute, viola and harp is a refreshing one, at least to my ears, and fortunately, all the music on this disc, aptly titled Poetry in Motion, was actually written for that combination and thus does not involve arrangements... performances are excellent from all players. The sound reproduction on this MSR disc is clear and well balanced and the album notes by Benjamin K. Roe are enlightening. Recommended – even listeners hesitant to sample music for this particular combination of instruments should find this disc enjoyable.”
Robert Cummings, ClassicalNet [July 2015]
“there's a lot of pure delight for listeners as well as music-makers in this album...”
Phil Muse, Audio Society of Atlanta [June 2015]
“Music is Woman. I love it too much to speak of it otherwise than with passion.” [Claude Debussy]

Debussy’s words could serve as a credo for the three women whose artistry you hear on this recording, who all speak of – and more importantly, play – the music they love with passion, precision, and breathtaking virtuosity. Together they are the Fire Pink Trio, named for the North American wildflower that covers the mountains in the spring; suggesting the “fire” they all felt in the near spontaneous musical combustion the first time flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta, violist Sheila Browne, and harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett played together, not to mention the “pink” of their feminine compatibility. And indeed it was the stunning and original idea by Claude Debussy to combine the distinct timbres of the flute, viola, and harp that gave rise not only to the formation of Fire Pink Trio, but also led directly to the creation of all the music on this CD. “Debussy put together the three sexiest instruments,” explains harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett. “You have the wonderful, string-plucking timbre of the harp, which offers so many different textures and sounds. Add to it the beautiful, brilliant, singing tone of the flute, and then the darker, plangent sound of the viola, which brings the other two instruments together as a bridge.” Think of it as wine pairings: like a good red, the viola can pull out the earthier, “chewier” sounds of the ensemble; the flute can highlight the sparkle and breeze of a summer day like a good chardonnay. In between and ever present is the harp, whose “thin, tall strings, were weav-weav-weaving Wonderful things,” to borrow a line from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s evocative poem, The Harp Weaver.

The FIRE PINK TRIO is a dynamic chamber ensemble featuring flute, viola, and harp. Just as each instrument has a uniquely beautiful voice, each member of the Trio brings to the group their own unique mix of accolades and experience, including top prizes in international competitions, such as the Concert Artist Guild Competition, Louise D. McMahon Competition, and the Pro Musicis Award; and concerto performances across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South Africa. Active as recording artists, they can be heard on critically acclaimed releases on the Albany, Naxos, Sony, Nonesuch, Centaur, and ERM labels. They have commissioned and performed works from such leading contemporary composers as Adrienne Albert, Jan Bach, Sofia Gubaidulina, Adolphus Hailstork, Dan Locklair, Manuel Moreno-Buendia, and Lyle Mays. Performing a wide range of music, including Romantic, contemporary, Latin, and jazz, the Fire Pink Trio brings elegance, style, and virtuosity to the stage. Named after the vibrant wildflower that covers the mountains of eastern North America in late spring, the ensemble derives inspiration from their natural beauty, resembling the strokes of a painter’s brush, itself a symbol of creativity and fresh, new ideas. Formed in 2008 by flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta, violist Sheila Browne, and harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett, the Trio has received high acclaim from critics, composers, and audience members alike.
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I. Barcaroles and Recitatives
II. Awakenings
III. Bars of Blues
IV. Ballade in Sarabande
V. Barcaroles

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
SONATA for Flute, Viola, and Harp (1915)
I. Pastorale: Lento, dolce rubato
II. Interlude: Tempo di Minuetto
III. Final: Allegro moderato ma risoluto

I. Divertimento
II. Fantasia
III. Danza
IV. Nocturno
V. Rondo


MSR Classics