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Chausson’s 40-minute Concert for piano, violin and string quartet of 1889-91 is a tremendously strong, sinewy piece that here receives an impassioned account. Chandos’ recording goes head to head with Hyperion’s 1996 version (Chilingirian Quartet, with Pascal Devoyon and Philippe Graffi n). The Chandos recording is good, although a bit harsh towards the top end; and the performance is beautifully realised. The players, who act as one unit, track the ebb and flow of the music expertly, finding huge tendresse in the calm moments of the first movement. Jennifer Pike’s violin is sweet-toned; Tom Poster is a most sensitive musician who has been well chosen for this repertoire. The near-stasis and pathos of the third movement Grave is remarkable here, the concentration approaching that of a live event. Limpid droplets of notes from Poster are to relish; Pike, too, is eloquent. The String Quartet is given a splendid performance of the utmost concentration. A rewarding issue.

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