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Fauré, Pierné: Piano Trios / Trio Wanderer

Album Summary

>Pierné, Gabriel : Trio for violin, cello & piano, Op. 45
>Fauré, Gabriel : Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Fauré's Piano Trio is a late work which at once gained the admiration of his contemporaries and is now regarded as one of the finest trios in the French repertory. The much less well-known Piano Trio of Pierné, premiered a year earlier, is characterized by its solid architecture, great melodic richness and a notably inventive rhythmic style. These two masterpieces make an eminently logical coupling and receive benchmark performances here by the acclaimed ensemble Trio Wanderer.

The Guardian, 20th November 2014
It's the Trio Wanderer's performance of the PiernT that's the more worthwhile of the two, partly because it has been recorded less often, but more importantly because they respond more vividly to its routine invention than they do to the inflections of FaurT's seamlessly subtle phrases.

MusicWeb International, 2nd February 2015
On this release my already high expectations are exceeded. Clearly immaculately prepared one is conscious of playing that quests deep, yet sensitively into the core of the music. With secure intonation and attractive tone this technically impeccable trio is caught in unrivalled form. The sound is crystal clear and well balanced.

International Record Review, January 2015
Trio Wanderer prove ideal advocates, combining technical mastery of the highest degree with total authenticity. You feel they are completely at one with the idiom and love this work... This new recording demands to be heard. This ensemble has become one of the finest chamber groups in the world...you feel you are being guided by the best possible hands.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
As is clear from this excellent performance by the Trio Wanderer, the reason Pierne's Trio is not better known is fashion rather than quality...this music remains quietly compelling, especially as played here. The Trio Wanderer beautifully sustain the understated conversational lyricism of the slow movement.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
The Wanderer balance rhetoric and stillness to great effect...PiernT is unsparing of his players but the Wanderer rise to every challenge, and the piece ends in a gloriously affirmative manner.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
I think this is only the third recording we have reviewed of Pierné's trio (Nov/Dec 1990; Sept/Oct 2007). It's a beautiful piece; some consider it his best piece of chamber music. It was written in 1920 in cyclic form, built mostly on a four-note motif. The last movement is a theme and variations. The music, like the man, is charming and urbane; I think of it as cello-dominated, because it's rich and warm. Pierné was the pianist in the 1922 premiere, with Enesco on the violin. The Fauré trio is from the same period (1923) and bears some resemblance to the Pierné. Its second performance was with Thibaud, Casals, and Cortot - what luck! Trio Wanderer makes it sound very French, bright, witty, and coherent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (02/2014).


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Works Details

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Trio for violin, cello & piano, Op. 45
  • Ensemble: Trio Wanderer
  • Running Time: 38 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1920-1921

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120
  • Ensemble: Trio Wanderer
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1922-1923