1 800 222 6872

Mendelssohn: The Piano Trios Opp. 66 & 49 / Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin; Leonard Elschenbroich, cello; Wu Qian, piano

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C minor, Op. 66
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The D minor piano trio (1840), one of the most popular of Felix Mendelssohn’s chamber works, unites the composer’s gift for melody with his textural and formal mastery. The intensely emotional first movement of the Piano Trio in c (1845) is followed by a blissful Andante espressivo and a shimmering, truly Mendelssohnian Scherzo. The Finale returns to the passionate mood of the opening with hymn-like allusions appearing to lend the movement an air of sacred celebration. The young Sitkovetsky Trio made their début on disc in 2014 with recordings of trios by Dvorák and Smetana, to critical acclaim.

MusicWeb International, June 2015
Performances of these great works that equal the best, and in superlative sound.

The Guardian, 23rd June 2015
One of Mendelssohn's own watercolours of the Amalfi coast is on the cover of the Sitkovetsky Trio's recording, all honeyed village walls and turquoise sea; a similar sense of heat and spaciousness comes across in their performance of his two piano trios...Wu Qian rattles off the piano part with a deft, light touch, and the violin and cello have room to be as crisply quiet as they like.

Sunday Times, 16th August 2015
The D minor trio was always popular, but what these magnificent performances by the powerful Sikovetskys show is that the late C minor trio (which they place first on the disc) is hardly less impressive.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2015
Wu Qian dazzles but never blinds and her seemingly-easy virtuosity is well matched by violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. There's always the sense of three individuals listening to one another to create a satisfying whole, right from the expansive phrasing they employ in the opening of the D minor trio.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Georges Bristol, England (01/2014).



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review

Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C minor, Op. 66
  • Ensemble: Sitkovetsky Trio (Piano Trio)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 04/30/1845

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49
  • Ensemble: Sitkovetsky Trio (Piano Trio)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 07/18/1839