From a Tender Age
Fono Forum, Clemens Haustein
The trio is able to create tremendous contrasts – the interpretation is characterized by explosive playing followed by elegiac passages expressed in a magical way.
Pizzicato, Remy Franck
The energy and fervour with which the musicians of Monte Piano Trio ( violinist Francesco Sica, cellist Claude Frochaux and pianist Irina Botan) tackled Shostakovich Trio no 1 op 8 is thrilling. The trio is able to create tremendous contrasts – the interpretation is characterized by explosive playing followed by elegiac passages expressed in a magical way.
The next track features Rachmaninoff`s Trio Elegiaque which displays a noble sound quality and a very emotional rendition, which is followed by the passionate piano quartet by Gustav Mahler, performed together with Daniel Rowland with a lot of energy.
Nadia Boulanger´s 2 Pieces En Trio are, like the other works in this programme an early work, which begins with D´Un Soir Triste which is sad and sinister, but also very cantabile. In contrast the next Track D´un Matin de Printemps is very cheerful and sounds elated in the sparkly and light interpretation of the cohesive and strong Monte Piano Trio
The British composer John Ireland wrote his Fantasy Trio in e minor when he was 27 years old. It is a charming work, sometimes very reflective and full of extraordinary melodic richness.
In their programme of early works by composers from various countries, the very cohesive Monte Piano Trio shows a deep understanding of the music, as well as a well defined characterisation of each piece.
Rondo Magazine, Michael Wersin
We did not think that Rachmaninoff´s Trio Elegiaque can begin so softly. The CD player is running, seconds go by and just as one begins to think there is an error, delicate string sounds begin to disolve directly from the silence… an effect which is representative of the special atmosphere of this CD. From the silence of forgotten music immerse two trio pieces by Lili Boulanger and the Fantasy Trio by John Ireland; even Mahler´s piano quartet has not been widely performed………
All the pieces gathered here originated in the “ tender age“ of their composers and they show the spirit of change which is present in each work, in its own individual style.
Perhaps the veil of melancholy which is perceived throughout the CD is a projection of the composers´ future lives. It perhaps testifies to an early premonition of the artistic consciousness of these masters who were able to acknowledge and embrace a troubled future.
The outstanding musicians of Monte Piano Trio capture in an extraordinary way the soul of these wonderful pieces; they delight their listeners with insightful, vivid and highly structured interpretations which also exhibit a perfect technical mastery.
Long live chamber music!