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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDD22053
Recording details: March 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: March 1997
Total duration: 17 minutes 11 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)

Piano Trio No 4 in C major

Allegro  [7'31]
Adagio  [3'55]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This is the third and best known of Berwald’s piano trios (there are five in all). The first, like the trio recorded here, is in C major, and is unnumbered. It dates from 1845, the same year as the Sinfonie singulière and the Symphony No 4 in E flat. The remaining trios were composed in relatively rapid succession: No 1 in E flat in 1849, No 2 in F minor in March 1851, and No 3 in December the same year. The Piano Trio No 4 in C major was composed in 1853, the same year as the C minor Quintet. Like all its companions, save for the F minor Trio, it is in three movements. In 1867 Berwald offered the score without success to the Leipzig publisher Schuberth, who had published its three predecessors, and his widow later tried to interest the same house in this and a number of his other unpublished scores, but the work had to wait until 1896 when a Copenhagen publisher brought it out.

from notes by Robert Layton © 1997

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