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Ravel & Chausson: Piano Trios / Trio Solisti

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor
>Chausson, Ernest : Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 3
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Trio Solisti has forged its reputation as "the most exciting piano trio in America" (The New Yorker magazine) with repertoire that encompasses most of the standard trios as well as many contemporary compositions. On this recording violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Adam Neiman play two of the great French trios, by Ravel and Chausson.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
I've reviewed Ravel's trio five or six times. Each reading has been different, and I've enjoyed them all. This is one of those works that can be played many different ways "correctly", as almost every measure offers the performer many interpretive choices. It really gives an ensemble a chance to show its personality. Chausson's Trio of 1882 predates Ravel's by a little over 30 years. It's an early work, Op. 3, but it's impressive. There's a strong Franck influence. Solisti gives it a wonderful reading and you should probably get this if you are interested.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purcha (12/16/2013-12/18/2013).



Reviews

Fresh approaches to Ravel and Chausson
The Trio Solisti perform two French piano trio repertoire standards, and have something substantial to offer with both.

The Ravel trio benefits from a nice balance between delicacy and full-blown expressiveness. Trio Solisti means "trio of solists" and in this work that's what you get -- three soloists taking turns spinning out the exposed passages in Ravel's beautiful sonic tapestry. Soloists they may be, but the ensemble blend is there, too. And it's seamless.

Chausson's somewhat somber Trio in G minor is also beautifully performed. Maria Bachmann's violin and Alexis Pia Gerlach's cello both seem to sound darker timbres in this work. The trio imbues the work with a sense of longing that only resolves on the final chords. Some performances I've heard make this trio sound pretty. The Trio Solisti give it real emotional weight.
Submitted on 12/22/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor
  • Ensemble: Trio Solisti
  • Notes: Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY (12/16/2013-12/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1914

>Chausson, Ernest : Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 3
  • Ensemble: Trio Solisti
  • Notes: Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY (12/16/2013-12/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881