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For its first recording on Zig-Zag Territories, the George Sand Trio, composed of Virginie Buscail, Nadine Pierre and Anne-Lise Gastaldi, offers a refined interpretation of trios by Ravel, Mel Bonis, and Fauré. It is astonishing to realize the gulf that divides the two greatest trios in French music: while Ravel’s sparkles with a quasi-orchestral profusion and presents unexpected formal devices, that of his master Fauré (composed later) unassertively imposes a timeless, poignant austerity.
These masterpieces, which gain much from being placed side by side, are here complemented by a diptych for trio by their contemporary Mel Bonis, a woman composer whose output, despite its high quality, is still too seldom heard.
Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
II. Pantoum: Assez vif
III. Passacaille: Tres large
IV. Finale: Anime
Melanie Bonis: Soir, Matin, Op. 76
I. Soir, a Mademoiselle Foltzer
II. Matin, au trio Chaigneau
Gabriel Faure: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120
I. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Allegro vivo
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