Monday, January 16, 2017

Castillon, Alexis de. (1838-1873) Piano Trios, opus 4 & 17.

From my collection.
Bought in November 2016.
First listen: 23-11-2016.
Second listen: 16-1-2017.
Label: Ligia.
Recording dates: Not mentioned.
Recording venue: Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice, Italy.
Recording engineer: Eric Baratin.
Running time: 62:40.
Classical relevance: Well worth buying.

Works performed:
See heading.

Works performed by:
Trio Nuori.

This composer is a great unknown to many of us classical music lovers, and I am not surprised anymore of discovering such fine composers that have been ignored in the large amount of good offers in that area. Now he is compared or it is said of him that he is the French Robert Schumann. Such a epitaph is not fitting and does no justice to the extraordinary talent of Castillon.  He is an altogether different beast in musical matters, and this you will quickly hear. A gentle and easy going man, that is out to impress, not by pomp and circumstance but by finely chiseled compositions that will charm anyone out of his  mood, and make it better. It all fits together in these melodious piano trios. It's meandering through your senses in such an easy going way, that you do not notice the passing of time, but feel encapsulated as in a dream. And the awakening is crude when the music stops, the warmth gone, and the protective layer undone. 
In that respect he is unique and original and deserves a permanent place in the collections of anyone that cares about music.
The recording is very good, with a fine intimate sense around the instruments. Even in this there is a harmony hard to escape. The performance could not be better.



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