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Debussy & Ravel: Piano Trios / Feininger Trio

Release Date: 07/07/2017 
Label:  Cavi Music   Catalog #: 8553317  
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Feininger Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Claude Debussy was ten years old when he was subjected to regular schooling for the first time in his life - when he entered the Paris Conservatoire. He had never attended primary school; instead, his mother had taught him reading, writing and arithmetic as best she could. At the piano, meanwhile, he had revealed his talent as a child prodigy, and his fat was sealed. The conservatory professors soon found, however, that this pupil was different, strong-willed, impetuous, and rebellious. His somewhat conservative piano teacher Antoine Francois Marmontel, for one, could make no headway whatsoever with the young savage. After initial successes, disenchantment followed in 1880. Debussy was only awarded a ''diploma'' in piano accompaniment: this Read more was the conservatory jury's way of granting the would-be virtuoso a mere consolation prize. The child prodigy had failed. It is all the more curious to learn, therefore, that Marmontel was teh one who directed Debussy's attention to a lucrative opportunity: Nadezhda von Meck, the eccentric widow of a rich Baltic German railroad owner, was a patron of the arts with a particular penchant for music, and she was looking for a pianist to accompany her on her annual summer trips through Europe. The resulting piano trio si so spirited and full of vigor that the shadows in which it emerged are simply not noticeable: instead, it testifies to Ravel's overflowing creative drive. Here, his style is fine-honed to the extreme, pointed and succinct, almost Constructivist. Innovative rhythms and metric structures are the Trio's most striking feature. Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings in G major by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Feininger Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1879-1880; France 
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Feininger Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Petite suite for Piano 4 hands by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Feininger Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 

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