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Mendelssohn: Piano Trios / The Florestan Trio

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

The Florestan Trio is firmly established as one of Britains - indeed the worlds - most distinguished and remarkably talented ensembles. Here they turn their attention to Mendelssohns two late piano trios and the performances are fresh and exhilarating.

'What immediately impresses about these performances by the Florestan Trio is the lightness and clarity of the playing, with Susan Tomes characteristically sparing in her use of pedal. In both works the scherzo is a typically fleeting and transparent piece, and it would be hard to imagine either more satisfactorily done' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is a truly stunning account ... positively phenomenal, often building up to a volcanic passion that can sweep you away. Mendelssohn's thrilling élan has rarely been more wonderfully evoked' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The Florestan's progress through the piano-trio repertoire reaches a peak with these masterly performances. All three players - Anthony Marwood, Richard Lester, Susan Tomes - do splendid justice to the surge and sweep of the great D minor, but also to its song-like tenderness' (The Sunday Times)

'The Florestan Trio were born to play Mendelssohn's two piano trios. Like the composer, they never overegg the pudding or skate over delights too briskly. Light and crisp in attack, but reflective when necessary, they move through the music with fleetness, joy, and an ensemble spirit that never allows for any cracks' (The Times)

'This is music that the Florestan Trio was born to play. Violinist Anthony Marwood's silvery purity, Richard Lester's rich-toned clarity throughout the cello's range and Susan Tomes's exquisite phrasal subtlety fit hand-in-glove with Mendelssohn's rarefied sound world. Add to that atmospheric engineering of velvet-cushioned clarity and this really is something of a dream disc' (The Strad)

'The Florestans keep textures light and transparent. Both performances are models of Mendelssohn interpretation' (The Guardian)

'Susan Tomes is a brilliant Mendelssohn pianist, not only in her wonderfully fleeting, accurate fingerwork but in her understanding of the shape and colour of the music and of Mendelssohn's cunning sense of formal direction in his often quite complicated structures ... The recording, of a thoroughly enjoyable disc, is exemplary in balance and clear presentation' (International Record Review)

'these performances ensure solid balance throughout, with just the right conversational quality between the instruments to allow each to come forward and retreat according to the music's dictates ... Thoroughly recommended' (Scotland on Sunday)

'should give the lie to the cliché that Mendelssohn's genius declined irredeemably after the brilliance of youth. While always keeping the potentially dense textures lucid (Susan Tomes's refined, singing tone and articulation a constant pleasure), the Florestan play this with a mingled fire and lyrical tenderness that I have never heard bettered' (Gramophone)

'This is indeed terrific stuff...Their Mendelssohn-playing is nothing shot of stunning. Susan Tomes manages the intricate piano parts' considerable technical challenges, not only with dead-on precision, but also with exactly the right touch: clean and delicate, but never dry, and never overbalancing the strings. Violinist Anthony Marwood and cellist Richard Lester play as one, with perfect ensemble and intonation. Balances and interplay among instruments are ideal throughout. All this is captured with wonderful transparency in Hyperion's recording, with just the right amount of aural space around the instruments. Robert Philip's notes are detailed to a fault. This has to be one of the year's top chamber releases. Enthusiastically recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'The Florestan Trio plays Mendelssohn's Trios faster, cleaner and more beautifully than I would have thought possible. This is the best new chamber recording I've heard this year' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (12/16/2003-12/18/2003)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 07/18/1839

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C minor, Op. 66
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (12/16/2003-12/18/2003)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 04/30/1845