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Debussy, Faure, Ravel: Piano Trios / Florestan Trio


Release Date: 12/14/1999 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67114   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyGabriel FauréMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Anthony MarwoodRichard LesterSusan Tomes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most us might think of Gabriel Fauré as a 19th century composer, but he lived through the first quarter of the 20th century. He remained a Romantic, however; and though his piano trio was written nine years after that of Maurice Ravel, it is the one that sounds the older of the two. Dark, with rich sonorities and a beautiful lyric second movement, Fauré's piece falls easily on the ears. Ravel's voluptuous composition does too, but is definitely more forward thinking in its use of harmony and rhythms. The Debussy is a student work that strikes me as an unusually competent piece of salon music, full of charm, but never profound or even hinting at any sort of greatness to come. The Florestan Trio plays each work in the proper style and with Read more singular unanimity and uncanny balance. This musical threesome really thinks as one. Once a few intonation burrs are smoothed out, it will be a trio to rival the Beaux Arts, or better, carry on its tradition.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Piano and Strings in G major by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Anthony Marwood (Violin), Richard Lester (Cello), Susan Tomes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1879-1880; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2. Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Richard Lester (Cello), Anthony Marwood (Violin), Susan Tomes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1922 - 1923). 
3. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Richard Lester (Cello), Anthony Marwood (Violin), Susan Tomes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 25 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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