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GEN 15369 3.7.2015
18.90 €

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)  
Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8 (1923)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)  
Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor (1892)
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)  
Piano Quartet in A minor (1876–1878)
Lili Boulanger (1893–1918)  
Deux pièces en trio (1917–1918)
John Ireland (1879–1962)  
Phantasie Trio in A minor (1906)

From a Tender Age

Works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Gustav Mahler,
Lili Boulanger and John Ireland

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Who is better suited to perform piano trios by an entire handful of great, young composers than a young ensemble? It is an added bonus that the Monte Piano Trio, although its members are barely older than students, have ranked among the best in the world for the past decade. The debut CD by Francesco Sica, Claude Frochaux and Irina Botan is almost a small revelation: who already knows the trios of Lili Boulanger or John Ireland, which are placed next to works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Mahler. For chamber music fans: young music and great maturity!

"In their program of early works by composers from various countries, the very cohesive Monte Piano Trio shows a deep understanding of the music, so that the character of each piece is well defined."
Review on the magazine Pizzicato by Remy Franck, 24.7.2015

MusicWeb International
"This is a fascinating disc that presents us with five highly original works from five composers who, at the time of writing, were developing their art."
Review on the MusicWeb International by Steve Arloff, August 2015

American Record Guide
"A finely played program of youthful music"
Review on the American Record Guide by Estep, April 2016 (page 175)

"What makes the current release so desirable, besides the excellent playing of the Monte Trio, is its gathering of works that mostly serve as fillers on other CDs. Hearing what was going through the minds of these five young composers is like a snapshot of Europe as the twilight of Romanticism descended. There’s ripeness in all of this music, whatever the age of the creators. Good, natural recorded sound, done at a low volume level."
Review on the magazine Fanfare by Huntley Dent, 3/30/2016