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Saint-Saëns: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2
Camille Saint-Saens, Joachim Trio, John Lenehan
Saint-SaŽns: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2
Genre: Classical
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All Artists: Camille Saint-Saens, Joachim Trio, John Lenehan
Title: Saint-SaŽns: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Naxos
Original Release Date: 1/1/1995
Re-Release Date: 5/23/1995
Genre: Classical
Style: Chamber Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 730099593526

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Melvyn M. Sobel | Freeport (Long Island), New York | 07/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Separated by a thirty year stretch, the two Saint-Saens piano trios, coupled here together by Naxos for the first time on CD (to my knowledge), are beautiful, enduring, melodic works in the tradition of Schumann and Mendelssohn. It's incomprehensively mystifying to me that these trios have never entered "the standard repertoire." They certainly should have before this. Well, so it goes. Better late than never. Lucky us!

The Op. 18, written in 1863, is an immediately and thoroughly attractive work, every movement memorable. Particularly haunting is the lyrical Andante. The Op. 92, written in 1892, is every bit as moving and irresistable as its younger sister--- but, perhaps, a touch wiser and more ruminative; yet, again, each movement is a gem (and Camille, that sly French devil, has given us five, rather than the usual four, to treasure). As with the Op. 18, special mention should be made of the enchanting Andante.

The Joachim Trio, playing splendidly, receive a fine realistic and warm sound.

[Running time: 65:28]"
Two of Saint-Sšens's best works
mythologue | 09/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Saint-Saëns's two piano trios both rank among his best works. The four-movement first is more playful, with many syncopated rhythms and intricate melodies; the five-movement second, published close to thirty years later, is even better. Saint-Saëns delayed its completion for a while, and one can understand why when listening to it - it's obvious that a lot of work went into its composition. Although written for only three instruments, it rivals in power and majesty some of his most interesting large-scale pieces. Each movement is excellent enough when isolated from the others, but the cumulative effect of the whole is what makes this a masterwork. The piano writing is brilliant throughout, and this recording has a perfect sound balance, which is especially important in chamber works. The Naxos price is inviting, but it doesn't even matter: this music is priceless."
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G. Metcalf | United States | 09/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These two trios are well played on this disc. As usual with Saint-Saens the music is unfailingly tunefull and pleasant. The writing for the piano is particularly good -- perhaps because the composer was a pianist of some renown. I thought the sound quality was good but occasionally somewhat distant or veiled but certainly acceptable. Of course the naxos price is just right."