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Debussy, Fauré, Ravel: Piano Trios

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>Fauré, Gabriel : Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120
>Debussy, Claude : Piano Trio, L. 3
>Ravel, Maurice : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120
>Debussy, Claude : Piano Trio, L. 3
>Ravel, Maurice : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In celebration of their thirtieth birthday, Hyperion is re-issuing thirty landmark titles from the back catalogue at mid-price. These discs include benchmark recordings of great music performed by some of the finest artists who have worked with the label over the last thirty years. Many of the discs are Gramophone Award winners and Records of the Year and all have received the highest possible critical and public acclaim. These specially packaged releases will be available alongside their full-price counterparts until stocks are depleted.

'The Florestans, exhibiting their trademark finesse, taste and sensitivity, fully demonstrate why they are one of the most highly prized of new ensembles' (The Scotsman)

'Fresh from their triumph at the Gramophone Awards with Schumann, the Florestans turn their attention to the French trio repertoire and, in particular, to a composer with whom pianist Susan Tomes and cellist Richard Lester have an especial affinity: Gabriel Fauré. Of the three works presented here, the Fauré is the latest (1923), but stylistically the D Minor Trio is as conservative as the G Minor Trio of the 18-year-old Debussy, although Fauré's late essay in the form is unquestionably the greater work. The Florestans play both with a rhythmic urgency in the fast movements and rapt concentration in the Andantinos that take the breath away. They are even finer in Ravel's masterpiece, playing with a technical bravura and sheer panache to match the greatest interpreters of this work on disc. Another absolute winner' (The Sunday Times)

'It's a lovely recital; I've never been so convinced that the Debussy's worth hearing, and the Ravel is full of delicate delights.' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A delightful grouping of French trios from the Gramophone Award-winning Florestan's, who breathe fresh life into these works ... top of my list.' (Gramophone)

'Such flair proves the Florestan Trio, if proof is needed, to be among the finest chamber ensembles of the present day. Outstandingly imaginative performances, finely recorded' (Classic CD)

SACD VERSION:
'One of the best SACD discs to date. On the CD layer the recording sounds vibrant, fluid and hugely enjoyable. Switch to SACD, though, [and you'll find] the instruments are more clearly delineated and simply sound more real, while the sense of air and space in the acoustic is thrilling ... You feel enveloped as if you were there'' (Gramophone)

'Beautifully wrought performances. Rendered with natural empathy and graceful ensemble-playing, the Florestan's playing is quite glorious' (Fanfare, USA)

'From impressive to breathtaking' (What Hi-Fi?)

'Excellent' (Hi-Fi News and Record Review)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/10/1999-03/12/1999).



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Works Details

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/10/1999-03/12/1999)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922-1923

>Debussy, Claude : Piano Trio, L. 3
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/10/1999-03/12/1999)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1879

>Ravel, Maurice : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/10/1999-03/12/1999)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1914