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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDD22053
Recording details: December 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: March 1997
Total duration: 19 minutes 13 seconds

'I can't imagine [Susan Tomes's] playing will be surpassed in its sense of style and finesse. Much the same must be said of The Gaudier Ensemble who are little short of superb … it is all hugely enjoyable and well recorded, with very present and finely detailed sound. Recommended with enthusiasm' (Gramophone)

'Cherish this glowing collection of near-masterpieces, played with the utmost sensitivity and panache by the Gaudiers and the always wonderful Susan Tomes' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Piano Quintet comes off marvellously and compares favourably with any performance on record, past or present … delightful performances on which it would be difficult to improve, and excellent recordings too' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'This is very fine chamber music playing indeed. Delightful music played in exactly the right spirit' (Classic CD)

'The Gaudier Ensemble is flawless, unfailingly persuasive and play with both vigour and polish which makes this issue irresistible … it is difficult to conceive of better performances than these; each of the players … combines to the highest degree a virtuoso command of his or her instrument, a complete involvement in the score at hand, and perfect blending in ensemble. Hyperion's recording is as pure and natural as one could wish. Even the booklet is a model of what such things should be … any serious collector who has not yet encountered this music should search for this disc ASAP' (Fanfare, USA)

'Superbe' (Diapason, France)

Duo for pianoforte and violin in D major
composer
circa 1858

Allegro  [8'35]
Romance: Andante  [4'31]
Allegro giocoso  [6'07]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Duo in D major for violin and piano is one of Berwald’s most neglected pieces. Like the companion Duo in B flat for cello and piano it was written in the latter part of the 1850s; Berwald specialists favour 1858 as its probable date. There are three movements separated only by short pauses, the centre-piece being an Andante, or Romance, in F sharp minor which is folk-like in character and leads into a high-spirited finale. This eventually returns to the main theme of the Romance movement.

from notes by Robert Layton © 1997

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