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Trios With Piano - Faure, Bonis, Ravel / Trio George Sand

Ravel / Trio George Sand / Faure / Bonis
Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 120101  
Composer:  Mélanie BonisGabriel FauréMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Nadine PierreVirginie BuscailAnne-Lise Gastaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio George Sand
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For their first recording on Zig-Zag Territories, Trio George Sand offers a refined interpretation of trios by Ravel, Bonis, and Fauré. It is astonishing to realize the gulf that divides the two greatest trios in French music; while Ravel’s sparkles with a quasi-orchestral profusion and presents unexpected formal devices, that of his master Fauré unassertively imposes a timeless, poignant austerity. These masterpieces, which gain much from being placed side by side, are complemented by a diptych for trio by their contemporary Mel Bonis, a female composer whose output, despite its high quality, is still too seldom heard. For their first recording on Zig-Zag Territories, Trio George Sand offers a refined interpretation of trios by Ravel, Bonis, and Fauré. It is astonishing to realize the gulf that divides the two greatest trios in French music; while Ravel’s sparkles with a quasi-orchestral profusion and presents unexpected formal devices, that of his master Fauré unassertively imposes a timeless, poignant austerity. These masterpieces, which gain much from being placed side by side, are complemented by a diptych for trio by their contemporary Mel Bonis, a female composer whose output, despite its high quality, is still too seldom heard. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Piano and Strings in B flat major, Op. 76 "Soir et matin" by Mélanie Bonis
Performer:  Nadine Pierre (Cello), Virginie Buscail (Violin), Anne-Lise Gastaldi (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio George Sand
Period: 20th Century 
2. Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Nadine Pierre (Cello), Virginie Buscail (Violin), Anne-Lise Gastaldi (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio George Sand
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
3. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Nadine Pierre (Cello), Virginie Buscail (Violin), Anne-Lise Gastaldi (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio George Sand
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 

Sound Samples

Piano Trio in A minor: I. Modere
Piano Trio in A minor: II. Pantoum: Assez vif
Piano Trio in A minor: III. Passacaille: Tres large
Piano Trio in A minor: IV. Finale: Anime
Soir, Matin, Op. 76: I. Soir, a Mademoiselle Foltzer
Soir, Matin, Op. 76: II. Matin, au trio Chaigneau
Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120: II. Andantino
Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120: III. Allegro vivo

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