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Mel Bonis, Soir et Matin Op. 76

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Edvard Grieg, Andante con moto

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Ernest Bloch, Three Nocturnes

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Georges Enescu, Sérénade lointaine

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Lili Boulanger, D’un soir triste & D’un matin de printemps

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Arvo Pärt, Mozart Adagio

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Josef Suk, Elegie op. 23

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Franz Schubert, Adagio in E flat major D 897

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Hans Werner Henze, Adagio adagio

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio in G major op. 121a, “Kakadu Variations”

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio Movement in B flat major WoO 39

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio in B flat major op. 97 „Archduke“

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PIZZICATO, 16/9/2014

Alain Steffen

“With this CD, the Boulanger Trio once again confirms that it is among the best ensembles of this genre at the moment. [...] The Boulanger Trio is skilled in combining the Beethoven-form and their innovative ideas and challenging language with musical character, lightness and dynamic playing that is rich in ‘trialogue.’ The musical flow is urgent but still allows the musicians time to pause for breath in the slow passages. The result is three very compact and varied interpretations that are full of suspense, and which present the highest level in terms of technique.

hr2 Klassikzeit, 28/8/2014

Natascha Pflaumbaum

“They are one of the few piano trios worldwide, and virtually unrivalled at that. [...] What is so pleasing about the musicians’ ensemble playing is the breathtaking beauty, clarity [and] balance of it [...]: no one is breaking away, rather trying to surpass on elegant unobtrusiveness. These three know each other and listen to one another, one can feel that in the way they always allow each other space. In this way, lively but never impulsive dialogue is indeed created in a very intimate setting. That is exactly where the fascination lies!”

Peteris Vasks, Episodi e canto perpetuo 

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 Dmitri Schostakowitsch, Trio in c minor op.8 

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 Dmitri Schostakowitsch, Trio in e minor op. 67

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pizzicato, December 2012

Alain Steffen

“With the two trios by Dmitri Shostakovich and Peteris Vasks’ trio ‘Episodi e Canto perpetuo’, the three ladies of the Boulanger Trio have finally played themselves to the pinnacle of international trio ensembles. Above all, it is the intrinsic harmonious tuning and perfect trialogue that distinguishes the Boulanger Trio as performers. Each part is equal and the musicians always try to show off their instruments as the composer intended and in doing so, give the work a certain contouring. (…) The Boulanger Trio, which regularly collaborates with Vasks, is therefore very familiar with his music. One can feel the security that the musicians radiate throughout their playing at every instant. The music sounds as if of its own volition, sounds combine very naturally and honestly, melodies develop, worlds open, in order to become what we call music in this wonderful universe. And with this in mind, the Boulanger Trio is the transmitter of world class. A very intensive CD full of wonderful moments, played by a trio to whom the mystery of music is very important.”

Crescendo,  12/10/2012

Michaela Schnabel

“With their fourth CD “Canto perpetuo” the three exceptional musicians present music that touches the soul deeply. [...] “Canto perpetuo” is pure life, despite all the dissonances it is wonderfully poetic.”

rbb Kulturradio,  7/11/2012

Bernhard Schrammek

“The Boulanger Trio demonstrates first-class playing here: during the six episodes, the musicians are brimful of energy and power, before passing into a truly heavenly version of “Canto perpetuo”. Their ensemble playing is perfect, even the smallest nuances in dynamic and style are synchronised excellently. The Boulanger Trio interprets Shostakovich’s two piano trios with the same meticulousness.”

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Johannes Brahms, Trio in c minor op.101

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 Franz Liszt, Tristia

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 Arnold Schönberg, Verklärte Nacht (arr. Eduard Steuermann)

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pizzicato, December 2012

Alain Steffen

“This is not merely a wonderful CD but one of the best chamber music recordings of the past months! The musical idiom which the Boulanger Trio has chosen for these three works by Brahms, Liszt and Schönberg, is touching. In each of the three very contrasting pieces they manage to surprise the listener with unfamiliar sound constellations. Spontaneously assembled star trios often excel in individual performances and intriguing dialogues but an ensemble such as the Boulanger Trio certainly has an edge over such competition. Technically they are well up there with the stars, their brilliant musicianship speaks for itself and so does the lively interaction between the trio partners, which renders their performance so expressive at all times.”

Fono Forum, March 2012

“Have we ever heard our chubby Brahms so light-footed before? With ample pedal and airy bows the Boulanger Trio applies itself to his C-Minor Piano Trio from 1886, gliding almost gracefully through its outraged take-off. (…) Karla Haltenwanger needs long arms to span the range between second cello and second violin. Yet along with her trio partners she manages to create an emotional maelstrom which pulls us right into Schönberg´s Night and will not easily let go again. Far from lacking anything, this version rather seems to add new richness to the piece.”

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Camille Sant-Saens, Trio No.2 in e minor op.92

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Gabriel Fauré, Trio in d minor op.120

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 Lili Boulanger, D’un soir triste & D’un matin de printemps

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Clara Schumann, Trio in g minor op.17

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Robert Schumann, Trio in g minor op. 110

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Wolfgang Rihm, Fremde Szene III

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