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Lalo: Complete Piano Trios / Trio Parnassus

Release Date: 09/23/2003 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold Catalog #: 3030482   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edouard Lalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The French composer Eduardo Lalo was a most admired composer in his day. His Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra is now his most recorded and performed work by quite a distance, with over a dozen versions in the current catalog. The Cello Concerto has also several available recordings together with one or two versions of the violin concerto, the Concert Russe, the Piano Concerto and his Symphony in C minor which is available occasionally.

With his two piano trios composed around 1850-52 Lalo became one of the first French composers to write for this combination and he went onto produce a third trio almost thirty years later.

The four-movement form of the trios follows the Germanic model of his
Read more contemporaries Schumann and Brahms with a sound world somewhere between Mendelssohn and Schumann. These engaging and colorful piano trios have an enormous vitality, combined with a certain grittiness which took me by surprise. The only potential drawback is Lalo’s failure to state memorable themes, which is probably the reason that these works have not remained in the repertoire unlike those piano trios of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.

The talented Trio Parnassus are most persuasive, conveying a marvelous spirit which gives sparkle and joy to the proceedings. I particularly like how the players demonstrate an attentive ear for one another together with enviable individual élan. Chai Chow is a marvellous chamber pianist, always in control, leading the trio forward with tremendous assurance.

The Trio Parnassus are clearly a most talented ensemble, giving impressive readings of these attractive works. The sound quality from MDG is very fine, if just lacking a touch of transparency at the expense of warmth and the booklet notes are informative but perhaps, somewhat too technical in parts.

This is a most beautiful and appealing release, guaranteed to please chamber music lovers.

– MusicWeb International (Michael Cookson) Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 7 by Edouard Lalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; France 
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in B minor by Edouard Lalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; France 
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in A minor, Op. 26 by Edouard Lalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 

Customer Reviews

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 Outstanding Recording December 9, 2017 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "French chamber music performed by a German ensemble? The good news is that there is no hint of a musical disconnect in this excellent MD and G recording from the early 1990's. What we have here is a program of music which is fresh, vibrant, structurally sound, and above all wonderfully played. I think anyone who samples Lalo's piano trios will immediately acknowledge there is lots more to this composer than his famous Symphony Espagnol, although the CD notes (which I highly recommend for their clarity) explain Lalo's frequent struggles to gain acceptance as a composer. The three piano trios contained on this recording seem to combine French lightness of touch in melodic content with German rigor in structure. What makes this even more striking is the elan and enthusiasm so evident in the playing of the Trio Parnassus. MD and G's sonic qualities are top notch, with excellent balance among the trio's instruments. If you have examined some of my previous reviews, you may remember that I have expressed a genuine attraction to the piano trio as a category of chamber music, based on the clarity and precision clearly audible from each of the 3 instruments. There is beauty and character in the reduced size of the piano trio, and Lalo's attractive works in this category illustrate this point very well. Needless to say, I highly recommend this recording; it's very good!" Report Abuse
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