Kinsky Trio Prague, Prazak Quartet – Debussy: Chamber Music (2013) MCH SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Kinsky Trio Prague, Prazak Quartet – Debussy: Chamber Music (2013)
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Better known for his works for orchestra or solo piano, Claude Debussy also composed a wealth of beautiful chamber music. This disc featuring the Pražák Quartet and the Kinsky Trio Prague (and invited guests) offers a selection of six works, ranging from the Piano Trio No.1 of 1879, via a fascinating chamber arrangement of the always popular ‘Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Faune’ to his last work, the Cello Sonata written in 1915. This audiophile quality multi-channel SACD presents these works a unique coupling, not featured on any other disc.

Audiophile Audition:
I have always adored all Debussy. With his trademark whole-tone shimmering harmonies and delicate, transparent instrumentations and what has become such a “French” sound, what’s not to like?

This wonderful collection is of some of his best-known chamber music and a couple of wonderful transcriptions. In the latter category, the opening Prélude to the Afternoon of a Faun is one of his best-known works. For many, it serves as “the” work to introduce music students to Impressionism and to Debussy, specifically. This chamber rendition by Benno Sachs, a student of Schoenberg’s, is beautifully played and the addition of piano and the very unusual addition of harmonium (which can sound deceptively like a saxophone) actually gives the masterwork a new and wholly attractive sound. The great French cellist, Pierre Fournier, transcribed the Rêverie for solo piano for cello and piano and, here too, this works beautifully.

Debussy’s well known piano prelude, Girl with the Flaxen Hair, gets a lovely treatment as well in the transcription for violin and piano by the great Jascha Heifetz. Debussy’s two Sonatas included here and the somewhat obscure Trio in G major are all wonderful works and performed here with an authentic and clear sound. The Cello Sonata in D-minor was written in 1915 and echoes some of the composer’s early works and the sense of the Baroque he employed in his Suite Bergamasque. I am particularly fond of the central Serenade. The Violin Sonata in G-minor was written shortly after the Cello Sonata and is characterized by a darker, more pensive tone than much Debussy owing, perhaps, to the composer’s battle with cancer. For me, I found the Trio in G a real find. This was, apparently, Debussy’s only Piano Trio and was written well ahead of many of his much more famous masterworks, in the fall of 1879. Only in 1986 did all three movements get rediscovered, a small section reconstructed and then published. This is a charming work, buoyant and pleasant throughout. However, I agree with the booklet notes that this work may not be immediately recognizable as Debussy. Being an early work, it could be misconstrued as Franck or Lalo. (I heard even some of what could be early D’Indy; whose music calls upon all of these, anyway). All performances in this set are top notch. The Kinsky Trio of Prague (in the Trio) and the members of the Pražák Quartet and associates are fine instrumentalists with a true affinity to the style. The sound in this SACD is terrific and, while I do not have too many of Praga’s releases, I am continually impressed. Highly recommended!


01. Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Faune, Chamber transcription
02. Sonata for cello & piano in D minor – I. Prologue
03. Sonata for cello & piano in D minor – II. Sérénade: Modérément Animé
04. Sonata for cello & piano in D minor – III. Finale: Animé, Léger Et Nerveux
05. Rêverie, transcribed for Cello and Piano
06. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor – I. Allegro vivo
07. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor – II. Intermède: Fantastique Et Léger
08. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor – III. Finale: Très Animé
09. La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin, transcribed for Violin and Piano
10. Trio No.1 in G Major for Piano, Violin and Cello – I. Andantino con moto allegro
11. Trio No.1 in G Major for Piano, Violin and Cello – II. Scherzo-intermezzo: Moderato con allegro
12. Trio No.1 in G Major for Piano, Violin and Cello – III. Andante espressivo
13. Trio No.1 in G Major for Piano, Violin and Cello – IV.Finale: Appassionato

Recorded on June 12, 2013 – June 14, 2013 at Domovina Studio, Prague.




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