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.
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.