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Mozart: Piano Trios / The Florestan Trio

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in B flat major, K 502
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in E major, K 542
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in G major, K 564
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The piano trio had thrived as a genre suited to amateur music-making in the eighteenth-century parlors, but it was only when Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart turned his hand to the medium that it was transformed into the art form we know today. The three trios on this disc were written at the zenith of Mozart's powers, K.502 in 1786, K.542 and K.564 in the second half of 1788. All three are masterpieces, a sense of profound musical thought ever-present beneath their tranquil exteriors.

'Susan Tomes's sprightly piano is in its element, leading the dance in these three mature trios ... Moods change at a flick of Mozart's wrist, and Tomes, Anthony Marwood and Richard Lester have all the flexibility needed' (The Times)

'These are beautifully judged performances, generally fleeter of foot, airier of texture and more intimate in tone with an ideal balance between the instruments' (Gramophone)

'Superb execution ... another feather in the Florestan Trio's cap' (International Record Review)

'As in all their artistic endeavours, this outstanding disc of Mozart piano trios from the acclaimed Florestan Trio demonstrates a delightfully unforced lyricism coupled with the most exquisite, long-lined phrasing ... Sample the luminous performance of the central Andante grazioso of the E major trio K.542 to hear chamber music playing of the very highest order' (HMV Choice)

'the Florestan Trio's accounts of the Third, Fourth, and Sixth trios set reference standards for stylish perception, textural transparency, and the kind of sophisticated articulation and motivic interplay that may be preplanned, yet never seems intellectualized...Hyperion's clear, full-bodied, and impeccably-balanced engineering deserves its own rave review.' (Classicstoday.com)

'The Florestan Trio makes this lovely music shimmer with dazzling facility. These are seasoned Mozart interpretations of high order' (Audiophile Ausition)'The Florestan Trio, whose recording of Mozart Piano Trios prove an unmitigated delight.' (Secrets)

'A delight ... Its virtues, of course, were no surprise. Susan Tomes' Mozartian credentials were richly established with her 2004 recording of the Piano Concertos K413-415 on Hyperion CDA67358 ... Performances as fine as anything ever released of these enchanting works. She is a pianist, and artist, of the front rank' (Piano Magazine)

'The Florestan Trio, with pianist Susan Tomes at her moist beguiling, give a scintillating account of three mature Mozart piano trios on this disc ... Whatever the technical intensity of the constituent roles Mozart demands of them, Antony Marwood and Richard Lester are well aware of how to make the best of their contributions. This is musical team-work of a very high order' (The Magazine of the Cambridge Society)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The prolific Florestan here offer three trios, including the two finest, K502 and K542. These are beautifully judged performances, generally fleeter of foot, airier of texture and more intimate in tone than those from Barenboim and colleagues on EMI (see below), with an ideal balance between the instruments (Richard Lester's cello always a telling presence, even when his role is apparently incidental). In K542 the Florestan catch the peculiar Mozartian mix of radiance and passion in the outer movements without any of the excessive lingerings of the EMI performance.

The fast movements of the other two trios - the brilliant, concerto-like K502 and the ingenuous K564 - are just as delightful in their verve, their gleeful, quick-witted repartee and the vitality with which the players invest even routine- looking accompanying figuration. Occasionally, as in the finale of K564, Barenboim and Co are just that much more vivid. But far preferable is the Florestan's flowing tempo and naturally expressive phrasing in K502's Larghetto.

For those wanting K502 and K542 on a single disc, the Florestan enchant with their ebullience and spontaneous delight, and find a winning tenderness in the first movement of K542 and choose a sprightly, lilting tempo in same trio's Andante grazioso.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in B flat major, K 502
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/15/2005-05/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in E major, K 542
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/15/2005-05/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in G major, K 564
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/15/2005-05/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788