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Gershwin: 3 Preludes / Ravel: Piano Trio / Godard: Berceuse from Jocelyn / Schoenfeld: Cafe Music

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Product Details

  • Performer: Eroica Trio
  • Composer: Ravel, Gershwin, Godard, Schoenfield
  • Audio CD (October 21, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000002RZ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Bradley P. Lehman on June 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I haven't been exposed to any of the radio and TV hype about the Eroica Trio. Neither have I heard any of their concerts yet. The only hype I've _seen_ is looking through some of the fan web sites today, and reading reviews here at Amazon. I have not heard their two subsequent discs yet, either. So, I'm reviewing only on the basis of what I hear and see on this debut CD.
I bought this disc mainly to hear their rendition of the Ravel Trio, and because the Schoenfield piece looked like fun. The Ravel is, unfortunately, a major disappointment here. I have four other CD's of this wonderful piece, and by comparison all four hold the composition together better than the Eroica Trio does. The Eroica do not give much flowing forward motion to the music, nor do they make the structure clear; instead, they bog down in sweet sounds that quickly become uninteresting (not going anywhere). The mind wanders. The piece seems interminably long and incoherent. The fast portions are OK but nothing special, and the slow sections just get soggy.
Some of this shows up in the movement timings, too. Rubinstein/Heifetz/Piatigorsky: 8'30",4'05",6'25",5'16". Previn/Rosenfeld/Hoffman: 9'40",4'04",7'18",5'30". Trio Fontenay: 9'31",4'27",6'37",5'37". Rouvier/Kantorow/Muller (the "Un coeur en hiver" soundtrack): 9'04",3'59",7'34",5'12". The Eroica Trio: 10'10",4'08",9'31",5'12". That is, the Eroica take the first and third movements down to a deadly crawl, dissipating most of the tension in the music. And then the slow motion drags even slower....
I have nothing against slow tempos in general, as long as they have enough focus, intensity, interest, and direction.
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Love this CD. The Gershwin arranged for string trio is outstanding.
This is one of the rare recordings of "Cafe Music" A truly fun , interesting
and exciting piece.... the slow movement is SO beautiful, it is to die for
and the fast movements are at breakneck speed. These girls really
can play ! !
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The wisdom of crowds can do a belly flop sometimes, and it's happened here with the lead review, which has incited a pile-up of negative votes against the Eroica Trio's debut album. I hope prospective buyers won't be misled. This is a beautifully played program caught in perfect sound. The program is winning and at times playful. EMI's PR approach was aimed at finding a younger audience for chamber music, clearly. With three pretty young graduates of Juilliard to publicize, they struck a blow against the shriveled prune image that emanates fro, say, the Beaux Arts Trio.

The Eroica Trio doesn't just look young; they play young. The fluffy arrangement of Gershwin's Three Preludes actually swings, and throughout there's an air of energy and exuberance. The group was founded in 1991, six years before their debut album was released, and they had won the prestigious Naumburg Award. Almost everything I've heard from them rises to a very high level of musicianship. I especially admire the pianist, Eriak Nickrenz. the best piano trios are led by a pianist with a strong personality, and she has one, particularly in their excellent CD of the first two Brahms piano trios - I'd rank it among the two or three best I've ever heard.

Personal taste can't be argued against, but the two-star review's complaints are pure fantasy. The ERoica play slow music as well as they play fast music. The main item here, the Ravel Trio, is flawless. The Jazzy Cafe Music by Paul Schoenfield, an expert at tongue-in-cheek, brings a smile. If anything on this album is less than first-rate, I can't hear it.
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By A Customer on November 2, 1998
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After reading the glowing reviews, I was curious, but still not quite sure. I finally caved in and bought myself a copy...WOW! This recording has all the spontaneity and vigor of a live recording and the programming is fun and interesting. The playing and sense of ensemble? SUPERB! I love this recording so much I ended up buying 3 more copies for friends. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Can't wait for their next CD to come out! or better yet...to catch them in concert!
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This CD is wonderful! The talented trio is so expressive. I never tire of it! I so love Gershwin & Paul Schoenfeld's Cafe Music. There will be this kind of music in heaven! Barb Fitzgerald
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If you have never had the pleasure of hearing this ensemble in person, you have missed a special experience. Their CD's are the next best thing. They bring a special energy to their playing which is unmatched by most other chamber groups. We see a lot of these other folks in concert and most look and play like they are at a funeral (perhaps their own!). Music doesn't have to be played that way. There is nothing funereal about the Eroica. Everything is played well and with the gift of life. You will not go wrong buying this and any of their other recordings.
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Should you ever have the chance to see and hear The Eroica Trio live, by all means drop everything and go hear these women. They are first-rate performers and very generous and humorous in concert. I have seen them multiple times and would never tire of their music. This CD in particular in just gorgeous. It combines their virtuosity as well as their expert and sensitive choice in music. The Godard piece is absolutely worth the cost of the CD all by itself. Buy and enjoy............

Deborah Montana
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