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Ravel & Chausson: Piano Trios / Vienna Piano Trio

Release Date: 08/16/2019 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 9422130  
Composer:  Maurice RavelErnest Chausson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Piano Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Airy, transparent, light as a feather – if any composer’s music answers to these attributes, then it is that of Maurice Ravel, including his Piano Trio, even if this work too has its more serious moments. On its newest Super Audio album the Vienna Piano Trio brings together this marvelously unique achievement and a very differently gripping trio by Ernest Chausson – a fascinating contrast and one most beautifully celebrated by our Vienna threesome. Chausson composed his trio as an act of defiance. He had abandoned his study of composition without a diploma and had recently retired to the countryside. As if he wanted to show all his critics and especially the jurors of the Prix de Rome what he could do: in the Piano Trio an impetuous artist Read more assumes a revolutionary and romantic expressive stance. This begins already in the impassioned first movement, to whose themes he repeatedly returns during the course of the other parts, and reaches its high point in the great breadth and unforgettable melodiousness of the third movement.



The Trio's finely honed interpretation of the Ravel is charactized by finesse, maturity, and lucidity. Chausson’s Franck-inspired Trio makes a great pairing. There are some breathtakingly lyrical moments in the violin and cello here, and the rich piano figuration never feels laboured.

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Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Piano Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in G minor, Op. 3 by Ernest Chausson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 

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