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Violinist Klara Flieder, cellist Christophe Pantillon and pianist Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi – CD Review, the 5th of June 2024

Maurice Ravel - Allegretto and Blues from Sonata No. 2 in G major for violin and piano; Piano Trio in A minor.

Maurice Ravel's Sonata II in G major for violin and piano, Sonata in A minor for cello and piano and Piano Trio in A minor are the works on the album recorded in 2021 at the Musikschule Margareten in Vienna. Performers: violinist Klara Flieder from Austria, Swiss cellist Christophe Pantillon and pianist Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi from Italy - so a multicultural yet homogeneous trio.

Each of the three musicians has distinguished achievements: Klara Flieder is professor of violin at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and lectures at prestigious institutions in Europe and the United States of America, as well as having a prolific concert activity; Christophe Pantillon is an esteemed chamber music performer with a rich discography, and Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi impresses with his creativity and improvisational style, his repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, with forays into the world of jazz.

The most important work on this album is the Piano Trio in A minor, one of the emblematic pieces of the chamber music repertoire, created in 1914 and dedicated by Maurice Ravel to his counterpoint teacher Andre Gedalge. Early the following year, the trio had its first performance in Paris with Alfredo Casella on piano, Gabriel Willaume on violin and Louis Feuillard on cello. It is a complex score, full of exotic colours, structured in four parts: Modere- inspired by Basque dance forms, Pantoum in scherzo form with a reference to Malay poetics, Passacaglia - with an impeccable contrapuntal discourse and Anime - the final movement distinguished by dense and vigorous rhythmic-harmonic planes. All these qualities of Maurice Ravel's music are highlighted in a remarkable performance by violinist Klara Flieder, cellist Christophe Pantillon and pianist Masssimo Giuseppe Bianchi.

Larisa Clempuș