When we are stripped of culture, our home or social services, we become “Ciudadanos Sombra” (Shadow citizens). But “Sombra” can also rebel (as the viola does in the first movement of this trio by Ramón Paus); it can imagine a more ethical world (such as in the second movement) or flee forward (an escape reflected in the pizzicati of the last movement). Paus, who has established a long career as a film composer, demonstrates his talent for concert music in this trio, skilfully moving between tonality and atonality.
The Garnati Ensemble gave the first modern-day performance of Conrado del Campo’s Trio No. 1 in A minor. Premiered in 1931, this work stands out for its virtuosic writing, with modal passages and a dense harmonic treatment that, in spite of the usual classifications, cannot be described as “Germanic”. The ensemble also gave the world premiere of his Trio No. 2 in G major. Composed in 1930, it demonstrates refined melodies that are interwoven to generate a fine harmonic tapestry. As in the previous case, the work reflects the influence that Neoclassicism exerted over the composer during this period.