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Cécile Chaminade: The Piano Trios ()

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French composer Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) was at one time popular enough in the United States that there were some 200 Chaminade Clubs, a few of which survive to this day. Their motto, believe it or not: "C - Concentrated & Concerted Effort; H - Harmony of Spirit & Work; A - Artistic Ideals; M - Musical Merit Maintained; I - Inspiration; N - Notes (every kind except Promissory); A - Ardor & Aspiration; D - Devotion to Duty; E - Earnest Endeavor." Chaminade's works fell notwithstanding into disrepute during the modernist repression, and even the efforts of feminist musicology have brought back only a few crowd-pleasers like the Concertino for flute. This Swedish album of substantial Chaminade works is thus most welcome, and the music is of extremely high quality throughout. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 11, composed around 1880. There are echoes of Fauré in the music, but it's a challenging, distinctive piece from the opening bars, where tension is set up between two... Hide synopsis

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