Fidelio Trio – Faure, Chausson & Satie: Piano Trios (2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Fidelio Trio – Fauré, Chausson & Satie: Piano Trios (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:50 minutes | 956 MB | Genre: Classical
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Following on from their acclaimed Resonus debut the Fidelio Trio continues its exploration of the French piano trio with this impressive new recording of works by Gabriel Fauré, Ernest Chausson, and Erik Satie. Chausson’s opulent and lyrical Op. 3 piano trio from 1881, is joined by Fauré’s only work in the genre – the heartfelt Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120 – composed during the latter part of his life. The album is completed with arrangements by John White of works by Erik Satie – selections from his only liturgical work, the Messe des Pauvres, and the incidental music to his own play, Le Piège de Meduse.

The Fidelio Trio, active across the British Isles, has developed a reputation for playing music of the 20th century, along with lesser-known 19th century music, much of it from France. The music on this release fits these categories: the trios by Chausson and Fauré are not exactly common items, and the pieces by Satie, all arrangements, are unfamiliar even in their original versions. Yet all are involving works in the obviously well-considered and well-rehearsed performances they receive here. The highlight is probably the Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120, of Fauré, probably the most often performed of these pieces. It comes from the 1920s, from the composer’s old age, and it has a fine elegiac feel wonderfully captured by these young musicians. Sample the delicate “Andantino” slow movement. The Chausson Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3, by contrast, is an early work, but one that anticipates the dense chromaticism, the energy, and the Wagnerian influences of his later compositions. The miniature dances from Satie’s incidental music for his own play Le piège de Méduse (1913) were written for piano but explicitly stated to be adaptable for other small ensembles, and the trio arrangements by John White are certainly reasonable. They are fascinating little snatches of dance: rhythms extracted from traditional forms. The only complaint is that the other arrangement by White, an excerpt from Satie’s Messe des pauvres, might have been placed to better effect at the end; the dances end the proceedings rather abruptly. But this is a strong release that will fill some holes in French collections.

Tracklist:
1. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 3: I. Pas trop lent 10:03
2. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 3: II. Vite 04:00
3. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 3: III. Assez lent 07:15
4. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 3: IV. Animé 08:42
5. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120: I. Allegro, ma non troppo 06:08
6. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120: II. Andantino 08:45
7. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120: III. Allegro vivo 04:46
8. Messe des Pauvres: VII. Prière pour le salut de mon âme (arr. for Piano Trio by John White) 03:29
9. Le Piège de Méduse: I. Quadrille (arr. for Piano Trio by John White) 00:44
10. Le Piège de Méduse: II. Valse (arr. for Piano Trio by John White) 00:46
11. Le Piège de Méduse: III. Pas vite (arr. for Piano Trio by John White) 00:38
12. Le Piège de Méduse: IV. Mazurka (arr. for Piano Trio by John White) 00:26
13. Le Piège de Méduse: V. Un peu vif (arr. for Piano Trio by John White) 00:16
14. Le Piège de Méduse: VI. Polka (arr. for Piano Trio by John White) 00:27
15. Le Piège de Méduse: VII. Quadrille (arr. for Piano Trio by John White) 00:25

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