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Mendelssohn: Piano Trios / Fischer, Gilad, Müller-Schott

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
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Notes & Reviews:

"PentaTone's imposing multi-channel engineering envelops you within this young ensemble's energetic virtuosity and wide dynamic spectrum, as if you had a close-up seat at a high-tech house concert... the main impression I take away from these performances is of three intelligent, world-class musicians who collaborate with ease and joy. Soft passages sport unusual finish in terms of tone color and balance... the players' individual profiles command attention, such as in how the violinist and cellist differently phrase the C minor trio Finale's main theme, or in pianist Jonathan Gilad's ultra-clear, sparely-pedaled negotiation of the D minor's endless runs and arpeggios." -Classics Today

Gramophone Magazine
These young artists, already making waves in their individual careers, give us a recording of Mendelssohn's delectable piano trios that sparkles and fizzes from the outset. They are particularly fine in the scherzi of both trios, with delightful portamenti in the D minor which seem to say "look how easy this is"." Gramophone Magazine, October 2006

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Chamber music with star players doesn't always work: lack of rehearsal time or oversized egos can often lead to performances high on surface glitz but low on understanding. Not here though: these young artists, already making waves in their individual careers, give us a recording of Mendelssohn's delectable piano trios that sparkles and fizzes from the outset.

The opening of the D minor Trio No 1 is a touch simpler than the Florestan's recent acclaimed reading but its urgency sweeps you along. They are particularly fine in the scherzi of both trios, with delightful portamenti in the D minor which seem to say 'look how easy this is'. In the finale, the new trio set off at a dancing pace; the Florestan are a touch steadier, which makes for an even more explosive contrast as the movement hots up.

The C minor Trio has long lived in the shadow of the D minor. It's darker, slower to reveal its secrets. The new version fully captures its ruggedness, the way that melodies are hewn from the musical material, rather than simply emerging complete as in No 1. The only real quibble is their spacious tempo for the second movement, a Venetian gondola song in all but name. It's played with great tenderness but does seem rather over-extended.

All in all, this new recording is irresistible, with the three players caught in a wholly natural ambience. It's always a good sign when you don't want to stop playing a disc long enough to write about it.

Alan Kozinn, The New York Times
The three superb musicians on this new recording, all in their twenties, face the hefty competition easily by playing with an irresistible spontaneity. They approach these works as interior high dramas; contested between melancholy and ecstasy... they play with an unassailable precision.

BBC Music Magazine
It's good to hear these great works played with full ardour by such a talented group of young musicians.



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49
  • Performers: Julia Fischer (Violin); Jonathan Gilad (Piano); Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
  • Notes: Cologne, Germany (02/14/2006-02/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 58 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
  • Performers: Julia Fischer (Violin); Jonathan Gilad (Piano); Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
  • Notes: Cologne, Germany (02/14/2006-02/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 04/30/1845