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Trains of Thought / Poulenc Trio

Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3543  
Composer:  Francis PoulencViet CuongDmitri ShostakovichJean Françaix,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Poulenc Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since its founding in 2003, the Poulenc Trio has established itself as one of the world’s finest ensembles in the lesser-known domain of double-reed chamber music. The Trio’s members are not only first-rate ensemble players but are also prominent virtuosos of their respective instruments. In the group’s second release on Delos, the idiomatic qualities of double-reed instruments are particularly well-served by the pair of trios by Francis Poulenc and Jean Francais. Both works are delightful models of spare neoclassical structure, spiced with piquant French flavors, lending the music an urbane and witty effect. In contrast, the album offers winning arrangements of music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Giaocchino Rossini, topped off by an Read more effervescent world-premiere piece, ‘Trains of Thought,’ from contemporary composer Viet Cuong, who originally conceived it as part of a multimedia work combining music and an animated film.



The qualities and challenges of their double-reed instruments are expertly surmounted by Poulenc Trio. Eminently stylish and alert performances combine with a convincing communication of the character of the works. Recorded at Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, University of Maryland the players have been captured quite closely with brightness, clarity and attractive tone. A collaborative effort the booklet notes are helpful providing the basic information about the works. At under sixty minutes it’s shame another work wasn’t included.

These are superbly performed works for oboe, bassoon and piano by the talented Poulenc Trio. I’m delighted to have the opportunity of adding this Delos recording to my chamber music collection.

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Works on This Recording

Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Poulenc Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; France 
Trains of Thought by Viet Cuong
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: Romance by Dmitri Shostakovich
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 
Moskva, Cheremushki, Op. 105: Drive through Moscow by Dmitri Shostakovich
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USSR 
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano by Jean Françaix
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; France 
Semiramide: Fantaisie Concertante by Gioachino Rossini

Customer Reviews

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 Delightful May 2, 2019 By Charles C B. See All My Reviews "Wonderfully entertaining from first to last. I'm no expert on classical music, but the musicians were obviously enjoying the music they were playing. I thought the Romance from Shostakovich's The Gadfly particularly poignant & moving, like a wistful remembrance of things long past. If there are any other recordings by the Poulenc Trip out there, I'm first in line to have them." Report Abuse
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