Debussy, Ravel, Faure: Piano trios

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Debussy, Ravel, Faure: Piano trios
The Florestan Trio

[ Hyperion 30 / CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 1 September 2010

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'The Florestans, exhibiting their trademark finesse, taste and sensitivity, fully demonstrate why they are one of the most highly prized of new ensembles' (The Scotsman)

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 'PICK OF THE MONTH'

CD REVIEW 'DISC OF THE MONTH'

'The Florestans, exhibiting their trademark finesse, taste and sensitivity, fully demonstrate why they are one of the most highly prized of new ensembles' (The Scotsman)

'Fresh from their triumph at the Gramophone Awards with Schumann, the Florestans turn their attention to the French trio repertoire and, in particular, to a composer with whom pianist Susan Tomes and cellist Richard Lester have an especial affinity: Gabriel Fauré. Of the three works presented here, the Fauré is the latest (1923), but stylistically the D Minor Trio is as conservative as the G Minor Trio of the 18-year-old Debussy, although Fauré's late essay in the form is unquestionably the greater work. The Florestans play both with a rhythmic urgency in the fast movements and rapt concentration in the Andantinos that take the breath away. They are even finer in Ravel's masterpiece, playing with a technical bravura and sheer panache to match the greatest interpreters of this work on disc. Another absolute winner' (The Sunday Times)

'It's a lovely recital; I've never been so convinced that the Debussy's worth hearing, and the Ravel is full of delicate delights.' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A delightful grouping if French trios from the Gramophone Award-winning Florestan's, who breathe fresh life into these works ... top of my list.' (Gramophone)

'Such flair proves the Florestan Trio, if proof is needed, to be among the finest chamber ensembles of the present day. Outstandingly imaginative performances, finely recorded' (Classic CD 'Choice Disc of the Month')

Tracks:

Gabriel Fauré
Piano Trio in D minor, Op 120 (1923)
Allegro, ma non troppo [5'50]
Andantino [9'06]
Allegro vivo [4'23]

Claude Debussy
Piano Trio in G minor (1880)
Andantino con moto allegro [7'48]
Scherzo; Intermezzo: Moderato con allegro [3'26]
Andante espressivo [3'26]
Finale: Appassionato [4'57]

Maurice Ravel
Piano Trio (1914)
Modéré [8'55]
Pantoum (Assez vif) [4'23]
Passacaille (Très large) [7'19]
Final (Animé) [5'14]