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Chausson: Concerto For Violin, Piano And String Quartet, Poeme Monteiro, Santos, Quarteto Lopes-graca

Chausson / Monteiro / Sanots
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 3120   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Joao Paulo SantosBruno Monteiro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quarteto Lopes-graca
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Tracks one through four are devoted to the concerto (Chausson). Bruno Monteiro, João Paulo Santos and the Lopes-Graça Quartet begin with broad strokes that soon soften to an intimate lyricism that they paint with stunning tonal colours. There are several comparable recordings for this piece. Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Takacs String Quartet can be heard on an excellent Polygram recording from 1991. Itzhak Perlman, Jorge Bolet, and the Juilliard String Quartet recorded the work for Sony in 1984. Both of these discs have amazing playing but suffer from out-dated sound quality. Thus, the 2012 Centaur disc holds its own very well. (…) With regard to the Poème, Monteiro's violin trills are like sunlight on a Read more rippling river. The most serious competition for this recording is with Julia Fischer's 2011 recording for Decca. Monteiro's approach is dramatic. Fischer's is lyrical. The sound is excellent on both discs, but I do think that Monteiro's personal interpretation tells a musical tale of striving for an ideal that he eventually achieves with the radiance of his playing.”

- Maria Nockin, Fanfare [September, 2012]

“Monteiro plays with a seductively voluptuous tone that exudes Chausson’s fragrant (Poème), if somewhat dangerous, perfume with the unforced naturalness of a breath inhaled and exhaled. His is a performance filled with both touching vulnerability and barely suppressed rage. (…) After the Poème with some 75 recordings, the Concert shares a close contest for second place with the Poème de l’amour et de la mer, each having roughly 25 recordings, give or take. My trusted go-to among the versions I have has been around since 1983, but it features Itzhak Perlman, Jorge Bolet, and the Juilliard String Quartet, all in their prime, on a Sony CD that is now available at budget price. Overall, Perlman and company are a bit slower than Monteiro, Santos, and the Lopes-Graça Quartet, but tempos aside, I much prefer the newcomers for their lighter, more idiomatically French performance of the score and for the much better, up-to-date sound of the Centaur recording. This is definitely a disc I will be keeping, and not just for the novelty of the piano version of the Poème which, with further exposure is bound to grow on me, but also for the exceptionally fine playing of these outstanding Portuguese musicians. Members of the Lisbon-based Lopes-Graça Quartet, to whom individual credit is also due are Luis Pacheco Cunha and Anne Victorino d’Almeida, violins; Isabel Pimentel, viola; and Catherine Stryncks, cello. Very strongly recommended.”

- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare, [September 2012]

“Expressive, interpretative playing, beautiful tone, and a textbook ensemble mark this stunning recording of Ernest Chausson´s sometimes elegant and often dramatic Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet, as well as the monumental Poème for violin and orchestra, arranged here quite effectively for violin and piano. Portuguese violinist Bruno Monteiro delivers an emotional but tightly managed performance, over and again rising to the Chausson´s many challenges throughout these to great works – just listen to the way he handles the lengthy high-register passages at the close of the concerto´s first movement, “Decidé – Animé”. This is a young chamber musician of extraordinary sensitivity. In terms of technique, Monteiro learned his lessons well while studying at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he was taught by Shmuel Ashkenasi, Patinka Kopec, Isidore Cohen, and members of the American String Quartet. As an artist, he shows himself to be deserving of a much larger slice of the limelight on the world stage.”

- Greg Cahill, Strings Magazine, [September 2012]

“This new release describes the work as a “concerto”, and with the violin and piano placed well to the fore, it highlights the exanting technical demands in a finale where fingers fly around the violin fingerboard from the distinguished Portuguese violinist Bruno Monteiro. Up to that point it is a highly convincing account, beautifully played, with the gentle and unaffected Sicilienne preceding a slow Grave of quiet dignity. (…) But this Centaur disc is recommended for the rhapsodic account of the Poème, where Monteiro´s generous vibrato produces radiant colours to complement the generous backdrop from pianist João Paulo Santos.”

- David Denton, The Strad, [September 2012] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Poème for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Joao Paulo Santos (Piano), Bruno Monteiro (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
2.
Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Joao Paulo Santos (Piano), Bruno Monteiro (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quarteto Lopes-graca
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1891; France 

Sound Samples

Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21: I. Decide - Calme - Anime
Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21: II. Sicilienne
Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21: III. Grave
Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21: IV. Finale: Tres anime
Poeme, Op. 25 (arr. for violin and piano)

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