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Faure: Piano Quartet No. 2



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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.

The Kungsbacka Piano Trio has established a fine reputation over the years through their acclaimed Naxos recordings of Haydn and Mozart Piano Trios. Joined once again by viola player Philip Dukes, this new release follows their recording of Fauré's First Piano Quartet and other chamber works (8.573042) which was admired for its "crystal clear and well balanced" sound quality by MusicWeb International, and saw Gramophone highlighting performances which have "warmth aplenty coupled with an ease with [the] technical demands and a wonderful conversational quality." The program includes the less frequently heard original version of the Piano Trio. Renowned clarinetist Richard Hosford joins the team, a performer whose contribution to our recording of the music of Ian Venables (8.572514) was considered "exemplary', the release given five stars by BBC Music Magazine.
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Item number 8573223
Barcode 747313322374
Release date 30/06/2014
Category Romantic
Label Naxos Classics
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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