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Ian Lace
MusicWeb International, August 2014

Another beguiling album of Fauré chamber music. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Christopher Fifield
MusicWeb International, August 2014

What impresses in the playing of all the musicians on this superb disc is the absence of any struggle between piano and strings; it is not a case of the piano playing against the three string players.

The sheer enjoyment manifest on this disc marks it out as chamber music played at its highest level. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2014

The second Fauré disc from the Kungsbacka Piano Trio gathers together music that employ their three instruments used in many and various permutations. A schoolteacher by trade, who had spent his holidays composing, he faced making the necessary sweeping changes in French musical education that would take it into the 20th century. Before those events overtook him he had composed the two Piano Quartets, the Second from 1887 being a quite complex and dark score, the agitated second movement scherzo being so very forward looking in its unusual sonorities. The work eventually reaches peace with the cello opening to the following adagio non troppo, only to return to the excitable mood of the opening movement for the energized finale. In the final years of his life Fauré began work on a Piano Trio scored for clarinet, cello and piano, but then decided on the more conventional format of violin, cello and piano. Between these two major scores comes the Trois romances sans paroles, student pieces for piano, and here transcribed for a string instrument and piano, while the Berceuse, from the Dolly Suite is played in a version for violin and piano. For the Piano Quartet the Kungsbucka are joined by the viola of Philip Dukes, the result certainly my top recommendation. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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