Notes and Editorial Reviews
Since its founding in 2003, the Poulenc Trio has established itself as one of the world’s finest ensembles in the lesser-known domain of double-reed chamber music. The Trio’s members are not only first-rate ensemble players but are also prominent virtuosos of their respective instruments. In the group’s second release on Delos, the idiomatic qualities of double-reed instruments are particularly well-served by the pair of trios by Francis Poulenc and Jean Francais. Both works are delightful models of spare neoclassical structure, spiced with piquant French flavors, lending the music an urbane and witty effect. In contrast, the album offers winning arrangements of music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Giaocchino Rossini, topped off by an effervescent world-premiere piece, ‘Trains of Thought,’ from contemporary composer Viet Cuong, who originally conceived it as part of a multimedia work combining music and an animated film.
The qualities and challenges of their double-reed instruments are expertly surmounted by Poulenc Trio. Eminently stylish and alert performances combine with a convincing communication of the character of the works. Recorded at Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, University of Maryland the players have been captured quite closely with brightness, clarity and attractive tone. A collaborative effort the booklet notes are helpful providing the basic information about the works. At under sixty minutes it’s shame another work wasn’t included.
These are superbly performed works for oboe, bassoon and piano by the talented Poulenc Trio. I’m delighted to have the opportunity of adding this Delos recording to my chamber music collection.
– MusicWeb International