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Trios - Released January 27, 2017 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique
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Classical - Released November 18, 2013 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released April 20, 2018 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
After celebrating thirty years of life and work together with the Trios by Dvořak, our three wandering companions (Vincent Coq, piano, Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, violin and Raphaël Pidoux, cello) have brought out another round of Trios, this time by Joseph Haydn, the inventor of this form, which is an inheritor of the baroque trio sonata, with a cello part often providing the basso continuo. There are 39 authentic compositions by Haydn for this instrumental format, which he wrote at various points throughout his life. The music is of very high quality and it unites all the characteristic forms of his style, his vivacity, expression, freedom of tone and form, and the zest of his cheering humour. The Wanderers have judiciously selected their works from three different epochs for this new album which offers the Trios n° 14, 18, 21, 26 & 31 which offer plenty of surprises and rare tonalities from Haydn, like A-flat major, F-sharp minor, or E-flat minor. The performance is both fluent and lucid. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Chamber Music - Released March 4, 2011 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released November 1, 2009 | Cypres

Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - Diamant d'Opéra Magazine
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Classical - Released April 1, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Trios - Released June 14, 2007 | harmonia mundi

Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
In the early years of the twenty first century, many classical labels released couplings of both Mendelssohn's piano trios, and while nearly all of them were superb, perhaps the best of all was this 2007 recording by France's Trio Wanderer. The same group that had already turned in excellent recordings of Brahms, Shostakovich, and Saint-Saëns here turned in a disc that has all the hallmarks of its performance style -- strength, stamina, and above all energy -- and applied to pieces that call out for those qualities but all too rarely get them. Not here: as it had with Brahms, the Trio Wanderer pours on the power in the opening Molto allegro agitato and Allegro energico e con fuoco, puts the pedal to the metal in the central Scherzo's Leggiero e vivace and Molto allegro quasi presto, and charges hell bent for glory in the closing Allegro assai appassionato and Allegro appassionato. And yet the Trio Wanderer is not just about power and speed: in the Andante con moto tranquillo and Andante espressivo, the players, especially violinist Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjadédian and cellist Raphaël Pidoux, sing with ardent lyrical grace. Ultimately, however, it is the group's energy that makes these performances so musically convincing and emotionally compelling. Anyone who loves nineteenth century music in general and Mendelssohn's music in particular should hear this disc. Recorded in L'heure bleue Salle de Musique in La Chaux-de-Fronds, Harmonia Mundi's sound is rich, deep, warm, and very immediate.
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Classical - Released November 3, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 31, 2008 | harmonia mundi

As fine a set of Schubert's piano trios as has ever been recorded, this 2008 release by the Trio Wanderer is true both to the letter and the spirit of Schubert's scores. There's joy, strength, sentimentality, and exaltation in the French trio's performances, a sense of openness and wonder. As in earlier recordings of piano trios by Brahms and Saint-Saëns, the Trio Wanderer once again demonstrates its mastery of ensemble playing, but there is something special about the playing of the music of the composer from whose famous song the group took its name. It is, in a word, lyricism. One can almost hear voices singing in the legato lines of violinist Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian and cellist Raphaël Pidoux and in the rounded phrasing with discrete but judicious applications of the sustaining pedal of pianist Vincent Coq. While the Allegros do not lack for force and the fortes do not want for power, it is in the expressive Andantes and intimate pianissimos that the Trio Wanderer's performances take flight. Recorded in clear, close, and immediate sound, this disc demands to be heard by listeners interested in the repertoire or the composer.
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Classical - Released April 21, 2009 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 17, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released November 6, 2007 | harmonia mundi

The performances on this disc were originally issued in 1999 and are a richly merited reissue. Ravel disparaged his own Piano Trio, telling the performers at the premiere that "I prefer the ingenuous power of my Quartet to the scholarship of the Trio." "Scholarship" is an odd word for the work -- there is nothing either academic or antique about it -- but it does exist at the opposite emotional pole from La Valse. It is not a serious piece. Annotator Marcel Marnat described the opening Allegro as "a model of nonchalant luminosity," and that description might apply to much of the music on the disc. The little-heard piano trio by Ernest Chausson, from early in that late bloomer's compositional career, is a perfect accompaniment for the Ravel. Its central movements are its best ones. Sample the series of feints and half-finished ideas that serves as an introduction to the scherzo-like second movement, track 6, and stick around for the main theme, a model of deceptive simplicity. The performance by Trio Wanderer is ideal, with a combination of gentle lyricism and lively alertness that brings to mind some of the classic French chamber groups of yore. Especially at a bargain price, this is a disc that should find a place in any large chamber music collection.
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Classical - Released May 26, 2005 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 7, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released February 16, 2010 | harmonia mundi

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Chamber Music - Released January 22, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 12, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 15, 2008 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released July 8, 2011 | harmonia mundi