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"The Gaede Trio plays this diverse program extremely well. In Beethoven′s D major trio the ensemble′s rich tone and lively approach to rhythm give the opening Allegretto a strong sense of forward movement, and the energy never flags. The same comments apply to Francaix′s delicious little work, probably the highlight of the disc and a piece that deserves to be much better known: It′s a jewel of French neo-classicism.
Mozart′s transcription of Bach′s Prelude and Fugue in G minor is often performed, and the Gaede Trio plays it as well as it can be -- but Krenek′s Parvula corona musicalis is one of the knotty atonal contraptions that give serial music a bad name. Fortunately, it′s just eight minutes long, and when played with this level of technical accomplishment it′s almost enjoyable.
In any case, coming between the Beethoven and the Mozart, with the Francaix as a finale, it makes the point of demonstrating the expressive and stylistic range of this neglected chamber music medium, and really that′s how this gorgeously recorded program should be heard -- in its entirety at one sitting."
David Hurwitz

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