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FAURÉ, G.: Piano Quartet No. 1 / Piano Trio (Kungsbacka Piano Trio, P. Dukes)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Pablo Held Trio


Simon Crawford-Phillips


Malin Broman


Philip Dukes


Simon Crawford-Phillips


Kungsbacka Piano Trio



Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK


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Total Time - 60:32
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FAURÉ, G.: Piano Quartet No. 1 / Piano Trio (Kungsbacka Piano Trio, P. Dukes)

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Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15

1 I. Allegro molto moderato 09:36
2 II. Scherzo: Allegro vivo 05:22
3 III. Adagio 07:07
4 IV. Allegro molto 08:02
 Pablo Held Trio Ensemble
  Philip Dukes Soloist

Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120

5 I. Allegro ma non troppo 05:57
6 II. Andantino 08:32
7 III. Allegro vivo 04:27
 Pablo Held Trio Ensemble

Pavane, Op. 50 (arr. H. Busser for piano trio)

 Pablo Held Trio Ensemble

Vocalise-Etude (arr. for violin and piano)

 Malin Broman Soloist
  Simon Crawford-Phillips Soloist

Sicilienne, Op. 78 (version for piano)

 Simon Crawford-Phillips Soloist

 Gabriel Fauré’s musical language bridges a gap between the romanticism of the 19th century and the new worlds of music which appeared in the 20th, employing subtle harmonic changes and a gift for melody to combine innovation with an entirely personal idiom. His First Piano Quartet is filled with characteristic French colour and lyricism, and the Piano Trio in D minor is a late work whose musical language is familiar from his songs. Both the Pavane and the popular Sicilienne express nostalgia for earlier times, and the short Pièce has great simplicity and charm.

"…the Kungsbacka Piano Trio holds its own, to be sure, with performances that are full-toned, liquid, lissome, and emotionally engaged ... what I said before about not being thrilled with the programming is simply irrelevant in the face of playing this exquisitely poignant. Therefore, resoundingly recommended."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - May/June 2014 


"Sound quality is crystal clear and well balanced throughout. Whether you are looking to discover Fauré’s chamber music for the first time or are looking for new, dynamic and well-engineered performances to add to your collection, this album is definitely worth your consideration. This recording was my first exposure to the Kungsbacka Trio, and I’m certainly looking forward to many more great things from this exceptional ensemble."

Albert Lam - - January 2014

"This release offers one an opportunity to trace Fauré’s transformation from a 19th-century composer to a 20th-century one. You’ve probably heard several versions of the Pavane, but this arrangement for trio is very good. The ‘Sicilienne’ played with refinement by Simon Crawford-Philips." 

Greg Pagel - American Record Guide - March/April 2014 

"This is a delectable way into Fauré’s chamber music should it be unfamiliar territory. The First Piano Quartet is Fauré at his most luscious and in this new reading, for which the Kungsbacka Trio are joined by viola player Philip Dukes, there’s warmth aplenty coupled with an ease with its technical demands and a wonderful conversational quality. The very late Piano Trio is performed with an unusual directness that is appealing." 

Harriet Smith - Gramophone magazine - December 2013


"This Fauré quartet is as good as they get. The Kungsbacka Trio and violist Philip Dukes dial up the melodramatic intensity to ‘10’ from the first seconds, and hardly ever let up. Plus, the players have the polish, give-and-take, and expressive harmony of the most seasoned chamber musicians.... I’m pretty thrilled with this disc; the Kungsbacka Trio does nothing but exceed expectations." 

Brian Wilson - - December 2013


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