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French Chamber Music - Debussy, Ravel / André Previn, Et Al


Release Date: 07/13/1998 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68062   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Julie RosenfeldAndré PrevinGary Hoffman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I have an old HMV LP with a youthful looking Andre Previn on the sleeve (9/74 - nla) and coupling the Ravel Trio and Shostakovich E minor Trio, and very good it is; the other artists were Young Uck Kim and Ralph Kirshbaum. Now an older Previn returns to the Ravel, and with new colleagues brings to it the same affection, together with a chaste quality wholly appropriate to this composer who evinced an honourable bashfulness yet whose passion is unfailingly genuine and moving - surely one reason for his immense popularity today. The Trio is one of the largest and grandest of chamber works, yet its rhetoric is without hollowness (and how rare that is in French music!) and it somehow just stays within the bounds of chamber music: oddly enough, Read more one of the most shattering climaxes comes in the slow movement. A rich yet un-glitzy recording helps this intensely felt yet refined performance, and altogether the artists offer a memorable musical experience.

Debussy's long lost piano trio is a youthful work that I'm certain he would have hated to have played at all, but scholars don't always mind about that sort of thing. Having come to light fairly recently, this jejune piece now has several performances on disc. Undoubtedly it needs skilful playing to avoid seeming embarrassingly weak alongside the Ravel, and the present artists do a very decent job, presenting its naIvety without apology. Their disc is not generous at 48 minutes, but the performance of the Ravel above all makes it value for money.

-- Gramophone [11/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings in G major by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Julie Rosenfeld (Violin), André Previn (Piano), Gary Hoffman (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1879-1880; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1992 
Venue:  BMG Studio A, New York City 
Length: 21 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Julie Rosenfeld (Violin), André Previn (Piano), Gary Hoffman (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1992 
Venue:  BMG Studio A, New York City 
Length: 26 Minutes 32 Secs. 

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