David Lively, piano - Solistes de La Monnaie (Tatiana Samouil, violon - Justus Grimm, violoncelle - Quatuor Malibran - Korneel Le Compte, contrebasse)
SOLISTEN DES LA MONNAIE/LIVELY
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What a truly beautiful set of music! I had only heard the Piano Quintet, the Violin Sonata and the first Piano Trio before. After reading a couple of positive reviews for this set, I decided to give it a shot and have since spent hours enjoying this fabulous (in sound, performance and music) recording. I do not understand why many of these pieces have not been recorded before as they are as enjoyable as more famous pieces of the repertoire from the same era, while maintaining a sound that is uniquely Franck's own. Unfortunately, this set is not always easily available, but it is worth the effort to search it out.
This is one of the finest Franck recordings you could own. It is the first release of his complete chamber music, a towering achievement in its own right, but the value of this box set is the quality of performances and music content. You get not only great masterworks like the Piano Quintet and Violin Sonata, but world-class performances of them. This isn’t some budget release with a low-rent ensemble. Violinist Tatiana Samouil is a prestigious artist with nary a lukewarm review of anything she’s recorded. Same with David Lively, whose penchant for playing difficult Romantic piano concertos really serves him well in the piano trios, where his virtuosity and commanding presence does wonders.
You won’t find a more satisfying and powerful reading of the piano trios anywhere. I’ve heard nearly all the commercial recordings of Franck’s piano trios and a new standard has been achieved here. I want to focus particularly on the recording of the...
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