Divine Art 25099
Bax, Debussy, Ravel, Mathias, and Dubois: Trios for flute, viola, and harp – The Debussy Ensemble
This disc contains beautifully atmospheric twentieth-century works for flute, viola, and harp, from the well known Zodiac Trio of Mathias to the lesser-known gem by Dubois. Three of Britain's foremost soloists join to provide a memorable programme.
‘A lovely disc which may prove revelatory to some. The programme is carefully chosen, with the Debussy trio the best known yet most elusive music; I found it very rewarding to hear it again twice in succession. The Ravel, familiar on the piano, and one that I worked hard on years ago, comes up well in Salzedo’s transcription, a worth-while addition to a slender repertoire. The meatiest (and longest by a short head) is the short-lived Welsh composer William Mathias’ quite complex trio (1975); he eschewed serialism quite early, but that proves our gain. Recommended.’
Peter Grahame Woolf, Musical Pointers
"...The music on this CD is finely contrasted... a beautifully balanced CD."
Bill Newman - Daily Classical Music
"...The Debussy Ensemble plays each piece with voluptuous dynamics and expressive phrasing. The players converse with each other on an equal basis, the viola providing opulent low tones and the flute exquisite highs. The sound is warm and well balanced. I would choose this disc for background music at a sophisticated gathering
Maria Nockin - Fanfare - November/December 2012
"...A thoughtfully constructed programme..."
Mark Pullinger - International Record Review - September 2012