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Chausson: Ravel

Magazine article Gramophone

Chausson: Ravel

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Chausson Piano Trio, Op 3 Ravel Piano Trio

Trio Solisti

Bridge (F) BRIDGE9440 (57' * DDD)

Two French trios one a classic, the other rarely played. But Ravel's beloved Trio in A minor doesn't eclipse Chausson's Trio in G minor on this splendid disc by Trio Solisti. If anything, the juxtaposition reveals the unjust neglect of the Chausson, whose thematic allure and rich harmonic colours are merged with exceptional sensitivity to balance.

Chausson was a young composer when he wrote the Trio, which has roots in cyclic structure gleaned from his studies with Franck. While the piece takes some inspiration from his teacher, it also claims a fervent and often wistful personality that points the way to later Chausson creations. The four movements are traditional in form, yet everything is fresh and deeply felt, especially the poignant slow movement.

Trio Solisti bring cohesiveness and unpressured beauty of sound to Chausson's Trio. The musicians--violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Adam Neiman--interact with collegial vibrancy, emphasising the shifts in rhythm and the glowing arc of phrases. Neiman seizes the opportunity to clarify and propel the intricate keyboard demands in the finale. …

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