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Complete chamber music for piano and strings Vol. 1:
Trout Quintet D.667; Notturno D. 667& Piano Quartet D. 487

Nathalie Juchors-Paoletti (piano) David Lefèvre (violin) Christopher Gaugué (viola) Guillaume Paoletti (cello) & Eckhard Rudolph (Bass).
ZigZag zzt 991201 63' 48"

I have not heard most of the 50-odd Trouts in the catalogue, but you won't go far wrong with this one. It is played in an affectionate, relaxed manner; piano and strings well balanced, and recorded by Louis Couratier in a good ambience at the Aulnay-sou-Bois music school in Paris, where the pianist had studied as a small child and now teaches.

There are several bonuses which put it well in the running in the tough CD market. The Notturno in Eb for trio is a single adagio movement, probably from 1828, possibly discarded from the Bb trio. This little known piece is very beautiful, with song-like melody, piano figurations accompanying, and a more strenuous section in the middle. The quartet is a substantial adagio and rondo concertante (14 mins), offered to Diabelli in 1829 but not published until 1865.

ZigZag's productions are invariably works of loving care. This one provides full background information about historical aspects and editions used; lots of contemporary illustrations and facsimile extracts from the scores; a fascinating discussion of interpretation by Walter Levin, mentor to the group; exemplary graphic art and characteristic original paintings by Anne Peultier - all these together make this a delectable offering.


Peter Grahame Woolf


Peter Grahame Woolf

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