Paris Piano Trio
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2 -
Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
Chausson entered the Paris Conservatory in the autumn of 1879 and began studying instrumentation with Jules Massenet and then Cesar Franck, whose mystical, richly-harmonic style was to have a formative influence on his music - in fact, Franck himself acknowledged that Chausson was his most prominent and promising students. Chausson was also heavily influenced by Wagner's dramatic orchestrations and the use of leitmotifs, although he later advocated a "de-Wagnerization" of French music in favor of a more classical style. In his later years (he died prematurely at the age of 44 in a cycling accident) he sought to revive interest in classical forms, especially chamber music. Chausson's passionate and complex Trio in g minor, Op. 3, written in 1882 when he was 27, reflects Chausson's earlier fascination with Wagner's romanticism.