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Order number B 108 073
ATOS Trio: the french album
ATOS Trio: the french album


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Cécile Chaminade (1857–1944)
Trio No. 2, a minor, op. 34

Jean Françaix (1912–1997)
Piano trio (1986)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Piano trio G major (1880)

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
D‘un matin de printemps
Recorded at the Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz, June 2012

A Co-Production with
Deutschlandradio Kultur

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"The repertoire for piano trio holds many surprises as well as treasures and great masterworks, and we get the chance to interprete these incredible pieces many times, again and again. In times of an ever-growing pace of life, of crossover arts and highspeed careers, the chance to repeatedly and steadily work together on these wonderful pieces has become a luxury and a necessity to us. We tremendously enjoy the freedom to form own ideas and concepts and to make our own decisions, as a piano trio – a freedom that is inate to the concept of chamber music." ATOS Trio

ATOS Trio:

Annette von Hehn, violin
Stefan Heinemeyer, cello
Thomas Hoppe, piano

French music.

"French music. Straightaway, there are stereotypes that come to mind: one thinks of airy sprinklings of luscious sound, elegant but anaemic. But Cécile Chaminade‘s Trio No. 2 already ignores these prejudices. This music is hotblooded, passionate, with a full-fisted, juicy piano part that even a Brahms would have taken a delight in. The Lento is one of my favourites – a fairytale from One Thousand and One Nights, inspired, absolutely wonderful! How different the piano trio by Françaix is! How mordant and ironic, what fun it has with the 5/8 time signature and with its high-spirited cacophony; but it always remains charming, with the kind of elegance we might associate with a smokefilled café in the fifties. Debussy‘s early work also sounds unexpected. Sometimes gentle and friendly, but also effusive on occasion, it often reminds us of his great models at the time he was writing it: R. Schumann (4th movement!) and C. Saint-Saens (what a beautiful swan we encounter in the cello solo at the start of the Andante…). Finally, L. Boulanger‘s short work about a spring morning is full of imagination and persuasive power and shines with expressive intent and brilliance. These are all wonderfully different works that the realm of chamber music has given us here – rich in colours, glowing in expression, sometimes caustic, ironic and trenchant, always human and written from the bottom of the heart." Thomas Hoppe
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"Recommendation. These four wonderful and contrasting works were written over a span of more than a hundred years. While each is clearly cut from its own cloth, from a tonal perspective, they will all lie with equal ease in the comfort zone of any listener. Both Atos Trio and Farao beautifully realize the project; this recording is not to be missed by anyone drawn to the genre."
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expeditionaudio.com, Paul Ballyk, Jul 26, 2014

"The trio sounds recessed and the higher frequencies are a little too prominent, but that’s more a comment than a caution—this beautiful program is well worth the hearing. I hope to hear more from them."
American Record Guide, Stephen Estep, 9/17/2014