Lalo - Piano Trios | Hyperion CDA68113

Lalo - Piano Trios


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68113

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 4th January 2016



Édouard Lalo sat at one remove from the French Musical Establishment, eschewing both the backscratching of the Conservatoire and its members’ impressionist ‘musiques parfumés’. Instead we have big-boned melody - material into which the expert members of the Leonore Piano Trio sink their bows and fingers with appreciative gusto.

Leonore Piano Trio:
- Benjamin Nabarro: violin
- Gemma Rosefield: cello
- Tim Horton: piano


Since the death more than 50 years ago of Sir Thomas Beecham, who championed him (the Symphony in G minor was a Beecham favourite), the music of Edouard Lalo (1823-92) has rather languished here. But now comes a remarkable disc of his piano trios by the Leonore, who make a good case for them. If the rather Schumannesque first (c1850) is slightly anonymous, the other two, especially the B minor, are strong, original pieces—a real discovery. David Cairns
The Sunday Times January 2016
There's high virtuosity all round—superb light, dazzling backgrounds from Tim Horton, searing intensity of tone from violinist Benjamin Nabarro and cellist Gemma Rosefield. Now and then you might wonder if they're overstating the case but get into the spirit and it's terrific stuff. Jessica Duchen
BBC Music Magazine December 2015
The suavity of playing is [a] key factor in lending all three trios the polish and panache that they merit. Geoffrey Norris
Gramophone January 2016

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