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Piano Trios by Chausson, Dubois and Pfeiffer / Trio Arcadis

Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
The Chausson Trio, Op. 3 that opens this program of three works for piano trio sets the aural palette for all of the music on the CD. It begins in a dark and dreamy, moonlit and magical sound-world that permeates the other two French romantic trios... Congratulations to Trio Arcadis for their super-fine performances and choice of repertoire and the Anima label for sound engineering standards... an excellent disc. ... read more ...

The Arcadis Trio of violin, cello and piano was formed in 2001 by three young artists from the Conservatorie National Supérieur in Paris and Lyon. They have performed at numerous festivals and are perform regularly for radio broadcasts.

Fanfare Magazine, November/December 2012
I would unhesitatingly recommend this disc to any lovers of French chamber music, despite my caveat about the (fortunately) brief Dubois piece, and I will certainly be looking out for any further Arcadis Trio releases.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Georges Pfeiffer (1835-1908) is new to me, and though the liner notes supply a brief biographical sketch, the Anima label appears to feel any discussion of the actual music is unnecessary. This four-movement trio is French music with clear classical roots: straightforward conventional structure, echoes of Mendelssohn especially in the Scherzo, a brilliant keyboard style perhaps inherited from the composer's mother, Clara, who was a student of Kalkbrenner. The music's closest French connection would be Saint-Saens. The entry for Pfeiffer in my 1919 edition of Baker's Biographical Dictionary lists works encompassing operas, chamber music, piano concertos, a sonata for two pianos, and symphonic compositions. The opus numbers reach 138, a substantial if not necessarily substantive output. Judging from its opus number, the trio is a late work, showing compositional command and a salon-like charm. The Trio Arcadis's reading of the piece shows intelligent attention to all the refined craftmanship of Pfeiffer's style and suggests we may be seeing more recordings of this composer in the near future.


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