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French Moments / Neave Trio

Release Date: 06/01/2018 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10996  
Composer:  Albert RousselClaude DebussyGabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neave Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One year after its first Chandos recording, the young Neave Trio explores some of the most prominent French composers of the early Twentieth century in their new album. It begins with the ever-popular trio in D by Faure, an exploration of the deformation of high and low sounds composed at the end of his life when beset by deafness. Neave’s accurate and balanced interpretations perfectly capture the complexity and tension of the piece which in late Faure comes abundantly from texture and movement. This is followed by Debussy’s early piano trio, performed with a bright and radiant approach that provides great moments of lightness and clarity. But the dominant piece here is the much lesser-known trio by Roussel: only the second of his Read more completed works to be published. Offering a unique musical world of contrasting shapes and colors elegantly thought through and at times atmospheric, this is a gem not to be missed. Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings, Op. 2 by Albert Roussel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neave Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902/1927; France 
Trio for Piano and Strings in G major by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neave Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1879-1880; France 
Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neave Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

Customer Reviews

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 Beginnings, reconciliation & serenity June 3, 2018 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Back in October 2016 I reviewed the debut Chandos disc from the Neave Trio, American Moments, and loved pretty much everything about it, though I did quibble a bit about the title. These are such talented musicians, and they've put together another fascinating CD program, but at a significantly higher musical level. And this time around the title is just right. As with the first disc, there's an early work to begin: Albert Roussel's Piano Trio was only his second published work, but it's definitely assured and well-crafted. It may not have the swagger of the child prodigy Erich Wolfgang Korngold's op. 1 Trio, but its opening slow introduction is really quite extraordinary, a slow climb up a mountain through a misty forest. The rest of the work doesn't quite match this atmospheric beginning, but it gets a committed reading from the Trio. Roussel took his time becoming a composer; he was 33 when his op. 2 was published, so you can imagine him as Robert Redford the Rookie in The Natural. Claude Debussy's first Piano Trio is an actual work of juvenilia, though, as he was only 18 when he wrote it. It's rather slight and a bit slick, but it's certainly fun to listen to, and this version has just the right blend of naiveté and prescient irony. Just like with their first disc, there's a very fine mature work to finish. Gabriel Faure's op. 120 was written only a year before his death, and during a period when he was not in very good health. But it has the reconciliation and serenity that Edward Said calls the "accepted notion" of late style, citing Sophocles, Shakespeare and Verdi. This is powerful, moving music, played with great sentiment but also grace and finesse." Report Abuse
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