Saint-Saëns: Piano Trios 1 & 2 - Altenberg Trio Wien
Challenge Classics SACC 72111
Classical - Chamber
Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio No. 1 in F major Op. 18, Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 92
Altenberg Trio Wien
Camille Saint-Saëns composed these two piano trios some 30 years apart. They could hardly be more different. The First Trio is a model of jubilance, youthful optimism, and sheer joy. The quick, nimble Scherzo darts about with mischievous frivolity while even Andante (in A minor) is far from a brooding affair. The Second Trio is a much darker, solemn, ominous contribution. Saint-Saëns even breaks the mold of the traditional four-movement trio and adds an uncustomary fifth movement. Both trios place great demands on the technical abilities, ensemble cohesiveness, attention to detail, and sound quality of its performers.
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