Trio Nuori – Renie: Chamber Music (2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Trio Nuori – Renié: Chamber Music (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 59:54 minutes | 952 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Ligia

I heard Trio Nuori in concert for the first time in 2011. Amongst other pieces, it was the performance anthology of the wonderful Trio Opus 83 by George Onslow which made a lasting impression on everybody that evening. They came back several times to the Concerts de Vollore Music Festival, performing Alexis de Castillon, whose Trios they recorded on the Ligia label, followed by Alkan’s Trio. So, when I discovered the marvellous piano compositions of Henriette Renié, it seemed obvious to me to suggest to them that they record these pieces which have so regrettably remained in the shadows.

Henriette Renié was a compassionate woman who turned down Toscanini’s offer of a tour in the United States to stay with her family. Music lovers can now listen to this composer of genius in a repertoire for which she is not known. Laurent Martin.

“Who was Henriette Renié?” By and large, only harpists know. Renié (1875-1956), a great harp virtuoso, is to harpists what Liszt is for pianists. In her time, she was an extremely well-known teacher, who made the harp’s reputation as a soloist’s instrument. Matriculating into the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of nine, she left three years later, the unanimously-selected winner of the first prize, and then became assistant to her teacher. A year later, she joined the composition and writing classes at Dubois, which, along with Massenet, encouraged her to compose. Then aged thirteen, she really stood out: the only woman in a class of 18 men! Throughout her life she had a number of students, including Lily Laskine, Marcel Grandjany and… Harpo Marx. She composed around 30 pieces for harp and transcribed an impressive number of works by Debussy, Bach, Ravel, Beethoven, Grieg, and Rameau – to name but a few – and thereby substantially renewed the repertoire of the modern seven-pedal double-movement harp perfected by Érard at the start of the 19th century. Her works betray the influence of late Romanticism. In her Trio for Violin, Cello and Harp (or piano, in the piano version here), from the 1910s, we also find the cyclical form which was so dear to Franck. She cites Franck more clearly in her Sonata for Cello and Piano, the only work which she didn’t dedicate one way or another to the harp. The Trio Nuori aim to bring Henriette Renié out from the world of harpists, as her chamber music work deserves a much larger audience. The trio has indeed been recorded with harp, but never in its piano version, even though it was explicitly composed for either instrument: it is very interesting to approach the work having given some thought to the possibilities deriving from the differences between harp and piano in terms of volume, timbre, intensity, articulation and so on. As for the Sonata for Cello and Piano, this recording marks a discographic world first.

Henriette Renié (1875-1956)
01. Sonate pour violoncelle et piano: I. Allegro appassionato
02. Sonate pour violoncelle et piano: II. Andante
03. Sonate pour violoncelle et piano: III. Allegro con fuoco
04. Pièce symphonique (En trois épisodes)
05. Trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano: I. Allegro risoluto
06. Trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano: II. Scherzo
07. Trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano: III. Andante
08. Trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano: IV. Final

Vincent Brunel – violon | violin | Violine
Aude Pivôt – violoncelle | cello | Cello
Flore Merlin – piano | Klavier Steinway & Sons



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