Trio Machiavelli: Ravel & Chausson Claire Huangci, Solenne Païdassi & Tristan Cornut

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Label: Berlin Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Claire Huangci, Solenne Païdassi & Tristan Cornut

Composer: Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)

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  • Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937): Piano Trio in A Minor (1914):
  • 1Piano Trio in A Minor (1914): I. Modéré09:13
  • 2Piano Trio in A Minor (1914): II. Pantoum. Assez vif04:19
  • 3Piano Trio in A Minor (1914): III. Passacaille. Très large07:04
  • 4Piano Trio in A Minor (1914): IV. Final. Animé05:15
  • Ernest Chausson (1855 - 1899): Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 30:
  • 5Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 30: I. Animé11:00
  • 6Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 30: II. Très calme08:49
  • 7Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 30: III. Simple et sans hâte03:34
  • 8Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 30: IV. Animé11:49
  • Total Runtime01:01:03

Info for Trio Machiavelli: Ravel & Chausson

If you were to look for a link between Maurice Ravel and Ernest Chausson, there would first emerge the tragic fact that serious traffic accidents played a role in the lives of both composers. Ravel was unable to compose after a car crash. Chausson died at a mere 44 years of age due to a cycling accident, leaving a modest body of work. Like Ravel, Chausson never won the coveted Prix de Rome, and he consequently turned his back on the Paris Conservatoire.

Ravel’s Piano Trio is characterized by its complex, rhythmic structures and mystical ambiguity. "It is a cornerstone of the piano trio repertoire”, says Claire Huangci. “We always had this trio in the back of our minds, but first turned to other repertoire until we felt we were ready for it," she explains her approach. "Precisely at times of crisis, a work like this written at the start of World War I can be seen as a cry for help." The huge demands the work makes on all the performers derive from the complexity of the individual parts as well as the coordination required to play it together. "This work requires the musicians to tease out every fibre of the textures and layers," says Huangci. "It's a quirky piece with many challenges, and we all have to give it 150 per cent." The piano and two stringed instruments complement each other in often varying, very extreme registers.”

Ernest Chausson's Piano Quartet in A major, op. 30 is intended to provide a counterweight. "We were looking for a counterpart to the Ravel Trio. The trio is so intensive and dark – we wanted to find something that would provide a positive flavour. When we discovered the quartet we knew straight away that we had found the right piece – we just needed a viola." So they engaged Adrien Boisseau.”

As the debut album of Trio Machiavelli and Adrien Bosseau as support for Chausson, this album is a calling card that is worth seeing. The ensemble overcomes emotional distances and combines two different works in one breath. One can hope for more!

Claire Huangci, piano
Solenne Païdassi, violin
Adrien Boisseau, viola
Tristan Cornut, cello

Trio Macchiavelli
Im Trio Macchiavelli trafen sich drei herausragende Musiker, die im Solobereich alle bereits bedeutsame internationale Preise errungen haben. Die in Nizza geborene französische Geigerin Solenne Paidassi, die im Rahmen des Internationalen Violinfestivals junger Meister 2010 sowohl als Solistin mit Orchester als auch im Duo mit Klavier das Publikum verzauberte, gewann beispielsweise. im selben Jahr den 1. Preis beim berühmten „Long Thibaud“-Wettbewerb in Paris. Aus der französischen Hauptstadt stammt der Cellist des Ensembles, Tristan Cornut. Er weilt erstmals am Bodensee und ist ebenso wie die dritte im Bunde, die amerikanische Pianistin Claire Huangci, u.a. Preisträger des renommierten ARD-Wettbewerbs in München. Neben ihren geradezu atemberaubenden technischen Fähigkeiten im Umgang mit ihren Instrumenten leben alle drei von der nicht zu lernenden Gabe, „jedem Detail und jedem Klanggeflecht dreidimensionale Tiefe zu verleihen.“

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