Widor's reputation rests so solidly on his organ symphonies that the rest of his considerable output has been almost totally ignored. This is a pity. He was in fact a fine composer of the d'Indy/Franck school as these lovely chamber works, recently "Naxified" from 1989 Marco Polo originals, certainly attest. Chronologically speaking, the Quintet Op. 7 actually postdates the Trio Op. 19. It's a lovely work that's clearly headed in the direction of Debussy and Ravel, a fact that becomes particularly clear in the scherzo with its delightful pizzicato touches. In all, the quintet's melodic charm and intelligent proportions bespeak the best of the 19th century French school. The piano trio, while earlier and a bit less characterful than theRead more quintet, features a gorgeous Andante con moto quasi moderato second movement, beautifully played by these forces. Indeed, the interpretations and sonics conspire to present both works in a very positive light, and if you're interested in good French Romantic chamber music and wish that Fauré had written more, this disc's just the ticket.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Trio for Piano and Strings in B flat major, Op. 19by Charles-Marie Widor Performer:
András Kiss (Violin),
Ilona Prunyi (Piano),
Károly Botvay (Cello)
New Budapest String Quartet members
Period: Romantic Written: by 1875; France Date of Recording: 04/1988 Venue: Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary Length: 31 Minutes 33 Secs.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 7by Charles-Marie Widor Performer:
László Bársony (Viola),
Károly Botvay (Cello),
Ferenc Balogh (Violin),
Ilona Prunyi (Piano),
András Kiss (Violin)
New Budapest String Quartet
Period: Romantic Written: circa ?1890; France Date of Recording: 04/1988 Venue: Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary Length: 29 Minutes 18 Secs.
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ExcellentApril 23, 2016By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"French composer Charles-Marie Widor's reputation undoubtedly rests primarily on his numerous works for organ, but this Naxos disk (a reissue of a 1989 Marco Polo recording) demonstrates his consummate skill in the field of chamber music. The two works on this CD (Piano Trio and Piano Quintet) are refined, luxuriously melodic, high quality compositions, which in my mind rank right up there alongside the masterworks of the late Romantic French greats, such as Faure' or Saint-Saens. Both works get a fine performance from pianist Ilona Prunyi and the New Budapest Quartet, and the sonic quality is first rate. All in all, an excellent pair of works from a composer completely at ease in the tradition of great French chamber music. Definitely recommended."Report Abuse