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The première of Chausson’s Concert in D major was a major triumph for the composer. Not only had the great Eugène Ysaÿe performed on violin, but audiences and critics had recognised a work of exceptional intensity, passion and haunting beauty. Its actual genre may have proved elusive, as it is hardly a conventionally laid-out chamber work, but it remains one of the most important works in the French repertoire. The Piano Trio was written when Chausson was 26. Though somewhat indebted to Franck, it immediately evokes its own charged sense of atmosphere. The Wihan is one of the world’s leading quartets, and the Meadowmount Trio has been admired for its “exquisite beauty of tone and sparkling rhythmic energy” (ClassicsToday.com).
Ernest Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21
I. Decide - Anime
II. Sicilienne: Pas Vite
IV. Tres anime
Ernest Chausson: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3
I. Pas trop lent - Anime
III. Assez lent
“The Meadowmount Trio...shows a of lot energy in their performance and Eric Larsen is especially to be commended for keeping things moving...the six players [in the Concert] form a cohesive unit, achieving quite a distinctive performance. Recording quality is fairly sumptuous by Naxos standards, although the violins are somewhat shrill. Altogether, a pair of moving and exciting performances.”