Audio Video Club of Atlanta
, November 2011
This program of rare and beautiful chamber music by French composer Ernest Chausson was recorded in Prague where the Meadowmount Trio from the U.S. and the Wihan String Quartet from the Czech Republic met in the recording studio and joined forces in Chausson’s Concert in D Major, Op. 21 for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. In this work the Wihan are augmented by pianist Eric Larson and violinist Stephen Shipps of the Meadowmount, and the result is hauntingly beautiful music.
I must, however, caution firsttime listeners against getting impatient with the Concert…it makes its impact gradually over its entire length.
Chausson’s Piano Trio in G Minor, which follows, receives an inspired performance by the Meadowmount Trio… This disturbing finale, which has all the customary attributes of the night except its peacefulness and charm, is given decisive treatment, culminating with a final statement from the piano. Read complete review