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Faure, Debussy & Ravel Piano Trios Import, Hybrid SACD - DSD


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  • Performer: Florestan Trio
  • Composer: Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (May 9, 2000)
  • Requires SACD-compatible hardware edition
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B00004R61Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120
2. Piano Trio, L. 3
3. Piano Trio in A minor
4. Piano Trio, L. 3
5. Piano Trio in A minor

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The Florestans play this music with imagination, delicacy and compelling musicianship that keeps the music vibrant and perpetually expressive.
Alan Lekan
The result is an absolutely beautiful recording that sets the standard both for performers AND for other companies interested in getting into the SACD market.
John L. Anderson
One immediately gets the tingling feeling that there is something extraordinarily beautiful in the offing, and, happily enough, that is exactly what follows.
Samuli Repo

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. SIMPSON on July 23, 2003
BUY THIS. If it wasnt on SACD I'd still be raving about it. The performances are everything you'd expect from the Florestan (child of Domus). The Ravel is exciting and more reminiscent of the string quartet than with many other performances and the Debussy is a lesser known early-gem. In this performance, the Ravel has so much more to say than in others which revel in its virtuosity without also revelling in its subtlety
As to the Faure, well, words fail. It is simply one of the best performances of all time, surpassing even the Beaux Arts in capturing so much of the world of late-Faure. Its a work which is contemporaneous with the great op. 121 string quartet yet which, to my ears, has never sounded as profound. Now, I'm converted, - its enigmatic, meditative, and, in the finale, vigourous, and the Florestan capture every changing nuance and mood, within a cogent framework. Wonderful!!
Now to the sound on SACD, - this is how chamber music should sound. It is natural, unforced, airy, communicative and yet unobtrusive. All Hyperion recordings are good, - this is EXEMPLARY, a perfect match of medium with message, of sound with performance.
Five stars all round. Bravo.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Melvyn M. Sobel on April 4, 2003
Rarely recorded--- no less as a trio of trios!--- these freshly musical, civilized and lyrical performances of works by Faure, Debussy and Ravel have, as well, rarely sounded so appealing. The Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120 of Faure [1845-1924], written in the twilight of his years, offers a surprising glimpse of a composer now soothingly romantic, tuneful and uncomplicated. Shorn are earlier complexities, and in their place the warmth of an autumnal glow, most beautifully illuminated in the rapturous Andantino. No less surprising is the late-teenage G minor Piano Trio, written in 1880, of Claude Debussy [1862-1918], whose fabulous impressionist leanings are still formative. The young composer, drawing more on the romantic confluence of Tchaikovsky and Schumann, and perhaps even Rheinberger, is delightfully naive. Melody flows, spontaneous, charming and unpretentious. Ravel [1875-1937] falls mid-way between his two contemporaries, and his Piano Trio of 1914 already retains stylistic elements the ear instantly recognizes as the composer's own. Grace and nostalgic misterioso haunt this attractive work, making the couplings here all the more fascinating in their unique diversion, and irrepressibly valuable in their collective availability. The Florestan Trio (using members from the brilliant Domus ensemble) is outstanding, each musician contributing nuanced, sensitive accounts. The sound is richly detailed and warm.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lekan on February 13, 2006
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Whether as a Piano Trio (Florestan) or as a Piano Quartet (Domus) or even in duet, Susan Tomes and her British musical colleages have found a fertile niche in the Romantic period chamber music of Faure, Dvorak, Debussy, Schumann, Brahms and Ravel. Their Hyperion recordings of Faure's and Dvorak's Piano Quartets and Piano Quintets all rose to the top choices, winning some impressive awards along the way (Penguin Rosette, Gramophone Award). Ditto for their Schumann and Beethoven Piano Trios. This collection of piano trios from the great French Romantic composers - Faure, Debussy and Ravel - is no less outstanding and admirable. All three trios are absolute gems of French chamber music and are emmensely enjoyable, especially when played as alluringly by the Florestan Trio.

The Florestans play this music with imagination, delicacy and compelling musicianship that keeps the music vibrant and perpetually expressive. They bring out the gorgeous lyricism in the Faure and Debussy Trios with smooth, effortless melodic lines and rich sonorities. I would say in general they present this genre of music with a slightly more relaxed, less-edgy personna with a focus on tonal beauty and graceful lines. In particular, Faure's Andantino and Debussy's Scherzo and Andante are equisite in their hands. I did not realize how superb this music was until hearing their recording here.

The pairing with the more "modern" Piano Trio by Maurice Ravel is wonderfully compatible yet diverse enough to cap off a most interesting recital that spans several decades of French chamber music. The Floristan Trio renders Ravel's curiously emotive textures with equistite subtlety that keeps one listening closely to its fascinating shifts of color and nuance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John L. Anderson on January 24, 2002
Hyperion makes full use of all the possibilities of SACD technology to produce this recording. While it is a hybrid stereo rendition (rather than multichannel), the feelings of immediacy between listener and performer are there. The sound is warm, lush and full and the Florestan Trio uses the Faure, Debussy and Ravel pieces take advantage of the technology. The result is an absolutely beautiful recording that sets the standard both for performers AND for other companies interested in getting into the SACD market. BUY IT NOW ... you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Samuli Repo on September 30, 2001
Having been well and truly endeared -and addicted- to the Domus recordings of Fauré's Piano Quartets and Quintets on Hyperion, I was positively thrilled some time ago to find yet another Fauré performance by the same team on CD, this time his Piano Trio, coupled with the Trios of Ravel and Debussy, which made the record even more enticing. So I rushed out to get a copy, and it turned out that my almost absurdly high expectations were more than fulfilled.
The reader should be warned, perhaps, in a nudging and gleam-in-the-eye way, of my partiality here: as beautiful as the Trios by Debussy and Ravel are in their own right (my personal preference, however, settling rather firmly on the latter), it was the Fauré piece I was after in the first place. So, I apologise for not paying much attention to the other two compositions presented on this disc; fellow reviewers are encouraged to comment on them in more detail. On my part, suffice it to say that both performances are a delight on the ear, and should satisfy anyone who is already familiar with them through other recordings or otherwise. Interestingly enough, however, the Fauré Trio is given the honour to occupy the first slot on this CD. And what an opening it is.
The gently pulsating piano figure that opens the Fauré Trio quietly but firmly sets the mood for the whole, as it were. One immediately gets the tingling feeling that there is something extraordinarily beautiful in the offing, and, happily enough, that is exactly what follows.
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