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Penguin Guide, January 2009

This is quite a find. Widor as a composer music comes from an altogether different musical species than the writer of spectacular Organ Symphonies. The Piano Trio is early. Composed in 1875, it is charming, lightweight work, with a romantic first movement with a pleasingly elegant secondary theme. There is a debt to Mendelssohn in the Andante, which is like a song without words. The Scherzo and Rondo finale have attractive ideas too, besides freshness and vitality.

The Piano Quintet, although shorten in length, is a bigger work, more concentrated in conception and style, with the piano dominatiung the bold opening movement. One more the Andante brings elegance, but it is the Molto vivace Scherzo that looks back to Mendelssohn. The polyphonic development in the finale than brings added gravitas. Both works are played here with fluent spontaneity and plenty of spirit, and the recording is excellent. This is not great music, but admirers of Widor’s organ music may find it a refreshing change.



Martin Anderson
Fanfare, August 2002

"The performances...are more than adequate, as is the sound...Far from a dud. And at the very least, it's happy music, and Widor's sheet craftsmanship brings its own pleasures."



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, December 2001

"Two French chamber works from the end of the nineteenth century. If you are at all curious about Widor out of the organ loft then your curiosity will be rewarded."



David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com

"Indeed, the interpretations and sonics conspire to present both works in a very positive light, and if you're interested in good French Romantic chamber music and wish that Faure had written more, this disc's just the ticket."






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