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Fauré: Piano Trio, Op. 120; Saint-Saens: Piano Trio, Op. 18; D'Indy: Piano Trio, Op. 98 / Horszowski Trio

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello no 1 in F major, Op. 18
>Fauré, Gabriel : Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120
>D'Indy, Vincent : Trio for violin, cello & piano, No 2, Op 98
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The superb Horszowski Trio is heard here in their debut recording. The Horszowskis (Jesse Mills, violin, Raman Ramakrishnan, cello and Rieko Aizawa, piano) draw their name from legendary pianist, Miecyslaw Horszowski, who made one of his specialties the repertoire of the three composers presented here.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The Horszowski Trio takes a different approach. In only a minute more overall they manage to make it sound laid-back, relaxed, warm, and charming. It's almost a different piece, and I like the Bridge recording much better than the Harmonia Mundi. The Fontenay Trio on Teldec took three minutes longer than the Wanderer; they were the first group to make me like the piece. Bridge offers much richer sound, and the Horszowski Trio seems more warm-blooded and sounds simply wonderful. Horszowski Trio has given us an outstanding recording - again the best you can hear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Performing Art Center, Theater C, SUNY College at Purch (2013-07-23&2013-07-24&2013-).



Reviews

Living up to their namesake
I first became aware of the Horszowski Trio through their performances on Dan Visconti's "Lonesome Roads" release. There they played Visconti's music with steely precision and a sense of urgency.

This release shows the trio in a different light. Their namesake, pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski had first-hand experience with the composers on this album. As a child prodigy he performed Faure's music for the composer. He also met Saint-Saens, and was acquainted with Vincent D'Indy professionally.

Trio pianist Rieko Aizawa was one of Horszowski's last students, and an inheritor of his deep understanding of these French composers. An affinity shared by violinist Jesse Mills and cellist Raman Ramakrishan.

As an ensemble, they capture the essential Gallic nature of this music. Saint-Saens' Trio No. 1 in F major is a pleasant, lyrical work. The trio seems to relize the richness of Saint-Saens' harmonies, making this a real sonic treat.

By contrast, Faure's Trio in D minor is more somber work. The strings adopt a darker tone, and the trio plays with just a hint of reserve that serves the music well.

d'Indy's Trio No. 2 is a work that wears its heart on its sleeve, and the Horszowski Trio is properly emotive. Despite the expressiveness of their playing, though, the trio maintains a clean, precise ensemble sound. The result is a pleasing balance between emotion and intellect.
Submitted on 12/22/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello no 1 in F major, Op. 18
  • Ensemble: Horszowski Trio
  • Notes: Performing Art Center, Theater C, SUNY College at Purchase, Purchase, NY (2013-07-23&2013-07-24&2013-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1863

>Fauré, Gabriel : Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120
  • Ensemble: Horszowski Trio
  • Notes: Performing Art Center, Theater C, SUNY College at Purchase, Purchase, NY (2013-07-23&2013-07-24&2013-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1922-1923

>D'Indy, Vincent : Trio for violin, cello & piano, No 2, Op 98
  • Ensemble: Horszowski Trio
  • Notes: Performing Art Center, Theater C, SUNY College at Purchase, Purchase, NY (2013-07-23&2013-07-24&2013-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929