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This month’s new release by the Kungsbacka Piano Trio is the ninth in a distinguished series of discs produced for Naxos. The Swedish ensemble’s fine reputation has been consolidated by the sustained critical acclaim for their interpretations of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and, most recently, Fauré. The individual virtuosity and perceptive musicianship of the trio members combine to produce music-making of an exceptionally high order, as we hope you will discover in their programmes that feature duos and quartets, in addition to the core piano trio repertoire.

Naxos 8.573223
FAURÉ, G.: Piano Quartet No. 2 / Piano Trio (version for clarinet trio) / 3 Romances sans paroles
Kungsbacka Piano Trio, P. Dukes, R. Hosford

Gabriel Fauré’s chamber works, long overshadowed by his popular Requiem (Naxos 8.550765), are regaining their rightful place. This new release from the Kungsbacka Piano Trio follows their recording of Fauré’s First Piano Quartet and other chamber works (8.573042), described by Gramophone as ‘a delectable way into Fauré’s chamber music’. The programme features the less frequently heard original version, with clarinet, of the Piano Trio, the Second Piano Quartet, which includes an evocation of the bells of Cadirac near the composer’s home, the Romances sans paroles, described by Marcel Proust as ‘intoxicating’ and one of Fauré’s most famous works, the Berceuse from the Dolly Suite.

Listen to an extract from Fauré’s
Piano Quartet No. 2: Movt 1

About the Artists

Formed in 1997, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio has gained an enviable reputation as one of the most outstanding ensembles of its kind. The trio established its credentials early on by winning first prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, before joining the Young Classical Artists Trust and BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme, and being selected as “rising stars” by the European Concert Halls Organisation. The trio has since appeared at numerous festivals and venues throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.

Northern Lights – Jeremy Siepmann interviews Simon Crawford-Phillips of the Kungsbacka Trio
Malin Broman, violin
Jesper Svedberg, cello
Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano

Companion discs

Haydn: Piano Trios, Vol. 1

“The musicians of the Kungsbacka piano trio exhibit excellent, deep understanding of the music of Joseph Haydn.”
- MusicWeb International

Haydn: Piano Trios, Vol. 2

“The playing here is just beautiful.”

Haydn: Piano Trios, Vol. 3

“Consummate musicians who play with utter grace, interrelatedness and individual virtuosity, these
are instrumentalists of the
highest order.”
- MusicWeb International

Mozart: Piano Trios, Vol. 1

“The Kungsbacka Trio can be recommended for very fine playing, and Naxos’s recording, at a price that can’t be beat, is excellent.”
- Fanfare

Mozart: Piano Trios, Vol. 2

“Nothing routine about these absorbing performances from an enlightened trio.”
- Gramophone

Schubert: Piano Trios

“Here the Kungsbacka Trio really excels, finding in all four movements ideal tempos that allow for maximum textural clarity without any sacrifice of brilliance.”

Chopin: Piano Trio/various

“Performances and recording
are excellent …
Definitely recommended.”
- Fanfare

Fauré: Piano Quartet
No. 1/various

“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.”
- MusicWeb International

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