Saint-Saens, Loevendie, Ravel – Piano Trios – Van Baerle Trio (2012) [nativeDSDmusic DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Saint-Saens, Loevendie, Ravel – Piano Trios – Van Baerle Trio (2012)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:06:17 minutes | 2,62 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Philipshall, Eindhoven, NL, 19-21 August 2011

The members of the Van Baerle Trio met each other as students at the Amsterdam Conservatory. From the beginning they were coached by Dmitri Ferschtman, and followed lessons and master classes with a.o. Willem Brons, Ana Chumachenco, Mark Lubotsky and the Parkanyi Quartet. Most crucial for the development of the trio was their meeting with Menahem Pressler, who follows the trio since 2008. The Van Baerle Trio is a multiple prize winner on national and international competitions – in April 2011 the trio was awarded the 1st Prize, the Audience Prize and 2 special prizes at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, and one month later the trio won the Vriendenkrans Competition, where they were awarded both the Radio 4 “Talent of the Year” Award and the Audience Prize. In March 2011 the Van Baerle Trio made a successful tour in the Netherlands, acclaimed both by audiences and critics, and made their Concertgebouw debut the same month. The trio is a regular guest on the Dutch radio and television, and participated at international festivals in the Netherlands and in France. Recently, the Van Baerle Trio was guest at the radio programme of France Musique “Concert de midi et demi, jeunes interprètes”

“Ravel, it seems, made a careful study of the piano trios of Saint-Saëns before embarking on his own in 1914. There was no question of any similarity of idiom; what Ravel wanted to know was how best to balance the instruments, notably the violin and the cello. That link gives point to this coupling. The two string instruments are beautifully matched in both works, carolling above the firm foundation of the piano. What is striking about Minnaar’s brilliant playing is the clarity even in the most elaborate textures. In the Saint-Saëns that gives a delightful lift to the performances of all the fast movements. The pizzicato pay-off to the third movement’s presto Scherzo in a galloping 6/8 is a delight, as are many other moments. The players of the Van Baerle Trio play The Ackermusik with a rare intensity. Clear, transparent sound with the closeness of the piano not too distracting.” -Edward Greenfield, Gramophone


Camille Saint-Saèns (1835-1921)
Piano Trio no. 1 in F major (1863)
1 Allegro vivace 07:46
2 Andante 09:48
3 Scherzo: Presto 03:57
4 Allegro 08:46
Theo Loevendie (b.1930)
5 Ackermusik (1997) 08:29

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Piano Trio (1914)
6 Modéré 09:39
7 Pantoum: Assez vif 04:31
8 Passacaille: Très large 07:43
9 Final: Animé 05:28

Hannes Minnaar, piano
Maria Milstein, violin
Gideon den Herder, cello