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Saint-Saëns: Piano Trios no 1 & 2 / Florestan Trio

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello no 1 in F major, Op. 18
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 92
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Well, the Florestan Trio have done it again, if this disc doesn't at least win a Gramophone Award nomination, I'll eat my hat. Recorded sound and accompanying notes are, of course, impeccable. No argument: just buy it." -Gramophone - EDITOR'S CHOICE

'The cover shows a Renoir painting, Path in a Wood , and since the Florestans are playing we know just where the path leads: towards bliss. Their light, nimble style finds a perfect match in Saint-Saëns' youthful first piano trio, full of rustic charm; with these musicians there's never a dull phrase. In the weightier second trio, the inspiration runs around in spots. But never underestimate this composer: the Florestans don't. This CD can't miss' (The Times)

'The Florestan's rhythmic verve, subtle shading and luminous, sparkling textures (pianist Susan Tomes's cascading fingerwork a constant delight) catch the trio's spirit to perfection. A winner' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Well, the Florestan Trio have done it again - if this disc doesn't at least win a Gramophone Award nomination, I'll eat my hat. Indeed, such is the cumulative emotional impact of these performances that, I don't mind admitting, I wept during the wonderful fortissimo climax of the E minor trio's first movement - that even before the astonishing intensity of the final, precipitous Allegro ... Recorded sound and accompanying notes are, of course, impeccable. No argument: just buy it' (Gramophone)

'Violinist Anthony Marwood and cellist Richard Lester are at their most expressively subtle and sweet-toned, floating phrases with a compelling memorability ... Add to that Susan Tomes's melt-in-the-mouth pianism - tonally ravishing, innterpretatively magical - another exemplary Andrew Keener/Simon Eadon production and absorbing booklet notes from Robert Philip, and this one should literally fly off the shelves' (International Record Review)

'Outstanding. These are works no lover of chamber music should be without' (Fanfare)

'If you are looking for these gorgeous, masterful pieces -- and if you don't own them you certainly should -- then purchase this disc in full confidence that it cerainly doesn't get any better' (ClassicsToday.com)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Well, the Florestan Trio have done it again - a sure-fire Gramophone Award nominee. Indeed, such is the cumulative emotional impact of these performances that tears welled up during the wonderful fortissimo climax of the E minor Trio's first movement - that even before the astonishing intensity of the final, precipitous Allegro. 'Cumulative' because most of the time the Florestan prefer stealth and suggestion; they don't wear their hearts on their sleeves. Instead they offer, like Saint-Saëns's art, a filigree lightness and clarity that somehow twists itself into an ever-deepening pattern of turmoil.

Listen to the underlying wistfulness in the F major Trio: how the élan of the first movement's final chords provides a springboard into a cheerful bucolic landscape that is nevertheless crossed with clouds - this brought about by a web of delicate rhythmic and tonal shading in the string-playing stretched over Susan Tomes's dancing, pellucid framework.

Or the maturity and self-confidence in the E minor: nothing is forced, everything flows - from the stormy first movement through the lighter central movements (and here the languid descending phrases of the Andante con moto are beautifully sculpted by both Marwood and Lester) to the complex yet never turgid imitative writing of the last. Recorded sound and accompanying notes are, of course, impeccable. No argument: just buy it.



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>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello no 1 in F major, Op. 18
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (12/21/2004-12/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1863

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 92
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (12/21/2004-12/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892