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Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, August 2017

REBER, H.: Piano Trios Nos. 2, “Sérénade”, 4 and 6 (Trio Elegiaque) 1C1239
REBER, H.: Piano Trios Nos. 3, 5 and 7 (Trio Elegiaque) 1C1205

The members of Trio Élégiaque comprised of pianist François Dumont, violinists Laurent Le Flécher (Trios 3, 5 and 7), Philippe Aïche (Trios 2, 4 and 6) and cellist Virginie Constant, give superb accounts of these works. All four musicians are each virtuosos in their own right. They play with an attention to phrasing and dynamics, that turn this little-known music into more than just ordinary fare.

Although the recordings date from 2012 (Trios 3, 5 and 7) and 2015 (Trios 2, 4 and 6), all were made at an unidentified salon in the Vincennes’ suburbs of Paris, and involved the same production staff. They consistently project a rich, somewhat veiled soundstage in a warm acoustic.

While the string tone is a bit rounded at the top end, Monsieur Dumont’s piano is beautifully captured, and the lows are lean and clean. Musically speaking these discs are pleasing, but sonically fall a little short of demonstration quality. © 2017 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

Stephen Francis Vasta
MusicWeb International, February 2014

The Trio Élégiaque is first-class, playing fully and expressively, successfully projecting the music’s Classical and Romantic aspects. Both of the firm-bowed string players produce vibrant tone…The pianist, François Dumont, is a laureate of the 2010 Chopin Competition, as his dexterous, fully-weighted execution of scales and embellishments makes evident. Their strong individual personalities notwithstanding, the three players mesh to project unified interpretations. The sound is excellent.

It’s such a pleasure, after all these years of listening, to discover good music I’ve not heard before. This will appeal strongly to chamber-music aficionados. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Markow
Fanfare, January 2014

The trios on this disc date from 1862, 1872, and 1880. Nos 3 and 5 are billed as recording premieres. It would be foolish to try to pick a favorite. All three are simply gorgeous, full of memorable melodies, engaging developments, rhythmic momentum, harmonic tension and formal craftsmanship. Trio Élégiaque plays them with obvious love for the works in performances brimming with passionate intensity, tempered with balanced sonorities and tasteful molding of the musical lines. If you’re a fan of the chamber music of Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms, you owe it to yourself to investigate what Napoléon-Henri Reber has to offer. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, November 2013

The G minor Trio…[is] a deftly lyrical work, though over-extended in places.

The companion trios are well contrasted. The 1872 Fifth Piano Trio has Viennese elegance at its core and a hint of the Schubertian…The 1880 Trio is one of his very last works…Vigorously Schubertian, its high point is a slowly unravelling E major chanson with some delightfully decorative piano cornicing to be heard.

It’s no small help that the Trio Élégiaque is a worthy guide and characterises the music with perception. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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