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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, May 2014

…the Kungsbacka Piano Trio holds its own, to be sure, with performances that are full-toned, liquid, lissome, and emotionally engaged…

…what I said before about not being thrilled with the programming is simply irrelevant in the face of playing this exquisitely poignant. Therefore, resoundingly recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Greg Pagel
American Record Guide, March 2014

This release offers one an opportunity to trace Fauré’s transformation from a 19th-century composer to a 20th-century one.

You’ve probably heard several versions of the Pavane, but this arrangement for trio is very good. The ‘Sicilienne’…is played with refinement by Simon Crawford-Philips. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Albert Lam
MusicWeb International, January 2014

Sound quality is crystal clear and well balanced throughout.

Whether you are looking to discover Fauré’s chamber music for the first time or are looking for new, dynamic and well-engineered performances to add to your collection, this album is definitely worth your consideration. 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. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Harriet Smith
Gramophone, December 2013

This is a delectable way into Fauré’s chamber music should it be unfamiliar territory. The First Piano Quartet is Fauré at his most luscious and in this new reading, for which the Kungsbacka Trio are joined by viola player Philip Dukes, there’s warmth aplenty coupled with an ease with its technical demands and a wonderful conversational quality.

The very late Piano Trio is performed with an unusual directness that is appealing. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, December 2013

This Fauré quartet is as good as they get. The Kungsbacka Trio and violist Philip Dukes dial up the melodramatic intensity to ‘10’ from the first seconds, and hardly ever let up. Plus, the players have the polish, give-and-take, and expressive harmony of the most seasoned chamber musicians.

I’m pretty thrilled with this disc; the Kungsbacka Trio does nothing but exceed expectations. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2013

It was Gabriel Urbain Faure, a man who had enjoyed a quiet life, but was now faced with making sweeping changes that would take French music into the next century. He was almost fifty when an unexpected appointment to the Paris Conservatoire was soon followed by an internal scandal that led to his popular installation as its Director. His compositions reflected his calm personality, though as the outer movements of his First Piano Quartet shows, he was also a man who could write in a very passionate way. His scherzo bubbles with wit and good humour, though it was his innate refinement that makes his music very special, the melody that runs through the slow movement being one of the most beautiful in French chamber music. For the Piano Quartet the Kungsbucka Piano Trio, together with the viola of Philip Dukes, certainly equal my long-standing top recommendation from Domus, and I hope they now record the second quartet. Lovely playing in the Piano Trio, the remainder of the disc offering some lightweight transcriptions…the Naxos recording team have done an excellent job. © David’s Review Corner






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