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Trios - Released January 27, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released November 18, 2013 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released April 20, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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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

Chamber Music - Released March 4, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Trios - Released May 3, 2019 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
Rachmaninoff's output of chamber music is small but all the more precious for that. Two absolute gems bear witness to the fact: these ‘elegiac trios’, which were produced by a young composer still indisputably under the influence of Tchaikovsky. But Rachmaninoff’s personality is already fully present, reaching heights of emotion and expressiveness. The pieces by Suk and Grieg add a further touch of character to the picture, which is painted with an exceptionally rich palette: the artistry of the phenomenal Trio Wanderer! © harmonia mundi

Classical - Released April 1, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Trios - Released June 14, 2007 | harmonia mundi

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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.

Classical - Released April 21, 2009 | harmonia mundi


Chamber Music - Released January 22, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 17, 2016 | harmonia mundi

Robust? Vigorous? Muscular? None of those adjectives even come close to describing these performances by the French Trio Wanderer of Brahms' three piano trios and G minor Piano Quartet. The opening theme of the Allegro con brio in the B flat Trio has rarely sounded so lushly sonorous. The passage work of the Scherzo in the C major Trio has not often been so incredibly relentless. The unisons at the start of the C minor Trio have never been so immensely powerful. The cadenza in the G minor Quartet's Rondo alla Zingarese has never been taken at such a breakneck tempo. For some listeners, it may ultimately prove all too exhausting. The Trio Wanderer is a first-class group with an enormous sound, tight ensemble, and virtuoso technique, but the interpretations here are so unbearably intense and overwhelmingly expressive that listeners used to the more refined sound and more reserved interpretations by, say, the Beaux Arts Trio, might find them too extravagantly Romantic. But even they will have to admit that, taken a work at a time with suitable pauses in between for rest, refreshment, and reinforcement, the Trio Wanderer's performances are quite impressive, particularly in Harmonia Mundi's big, close, and colorful sound.

Classical - Released May 26, 2005 | harmonia mundi


Classical - Released June 7, 2011 | harmonia mundi


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.

Classical - Released February 16, 2010 | harmonia mundi


Classical - Released July 8, 2011 | harmonia mundi


Classical - Released June 12, 2012 | harmonia mundi


Classical - Released January 15, 2008 | harmonia mundi