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Mozart: Piano Trios, etc / The Florestan Trio

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, K. 254
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G major, K 496
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in C major, K 548
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'At the start of K548's airy finale, Susan Tomes' gracefully demure piano is swiftly countered by Anthony Marwood's raffish forte riposte: and this sense of delighted, quick-witted dialogue between quasi-operatic protagonists runs through the whole movement, abetted by touches of sly, subtle timing, from Marwood especially. No performance of this piece has ever made me smile as much Talk of an outright winner is always dangerous. For my taste, though, the Florestan's sparkling, inventive performances, on this disc and its companion, make them a top recommendation for the complete Mozart trios, their claims enhanced by the warm, ideally balanced recording' (Gramophone)

'The Florestan Trio get it exactly right, with Susan Tomes' exquisite pianisim perfectly supported by violinist Anthony Marwood's lithe, highly articulate playing and cellist Richard Lester's finely judged asides. Another winner from this wonderful ensemble' (Classic FM Magazine *****)

'These are certainly performances to be treasured, with the playing unfailingly stylish and full of imaginative touches Their new recording can be unreservedly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'With their close and subtle rapport, the Florestan relish the music's badinage and dramatic imbroglios. They have a knack, too, for sensing opportunities for interplay in the simplest theme-plus-accompaniment texture the sensitive, quick-witted Florestan now take the palm' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Even the two masterpieces are neglected today. These marvellously urbane and civilised performances make one wonder why' (The Sunday Times)

'[K496] There is a thematic richness here, and a depth of emotion especially in the Andante, that invite and here receive a much more serious interpretative approach. The phrasing is appropriately broader, the instrumental tone warmer and in general there is a greater eloquence in response to a true Mozart masterpiece The recordings are excellent: close and very well balanced for the needs of each work' (International Record Review)

'The Florestan Trio are back, and it almost goes without saying that their latest album is life-affirming, full of energy and deeply impressive - particularly in the way the musicians listen to each other even as they respond in dazzling style' (The First Post.com)

'The Florestan Trio take on Mozart's trios and inhect them with an enthusiastic zest. The textures are light, the playing airy, with a real sense of dialogue. Susan Tomes is pure magic on the piano, Richard Lester draws the oakiest of timbres from his cello, while violinist Anthony Marwood takes on his task with absolute glee' (Northern Echo)

'This is lovely music impeccably performed, recorded and presented' (ClassicalSource.com)

'The Trio’s Mozart interpretations are really second to none. With a delightful ‘classical’ approach their playing is light and nimble, and never too weighty even when the music might suggest it. Particularly in K548, they slip between light and heavy naturally and seamlessly. The balance between the three instruments is spot on throughout, which reflects not only the players’ astute and perfectly even-handed awareness of each other but also the skill and sensitivity of the recording engineer. The Florestan Trio are no strangers to the recording stage, and are collecting an enviable amount of excellent reviews. This is another one to add to the treasury. Bravo!' (Musicweb.com)

'At the start of K548's airy finale, Susan Tomes' gracefully demure piano is swiftly countered by Anthony Marwood's raffish forte riposte: and this sense of delighted, quick-witted dialogue between quasi-operatic protagonists runs through the whole movement, abetted by touches of sly, subtle timing, from Marwood especially. No performance of this piece has ever made me smile as much ... Talk of an outright winner is always dangerous. For my taste, though, the Florestan's sparkling, inventive performances, on this disc and its companion, make them a top recommendation for the complete Mozart trios, their claims enhanced by the warm, ideally balanced recording' (Gramophone)

'The Florestan Trio get it exactly right, with Susan Tomes' exquisite pianisim perfectly supported by violinist Anthony Marwood's lithe, highly articulate playing and cellist Richard Lester's finely judged asides. Another winner from this wonderful ensemble' (Classic FM Magazine *****)

'These are certainly performances to be treasured, with the playing unfailingly stylish and full of imaginative touches ... Their new recording can be unreservedly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'With their close and subtle rapport, the Florestan relish the music's badinage and dramatic imbroglios. They have a knack, too, for sensing opportunities for interplay in the simplest theme-plus-accompaniment texture ... the sensitive, quick-witted Florestan now take the palm' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Even the two masterpieces ... are neglected today. These marvellously urbane and civilised performances make one wonder why' (The Sunday Times)

'[K496] There is a thematic richness here, and a depth of emotion especially in the Andante, that invite and here receive a much more serious interpretative approach. The phrasing is appropriately broader, the instrumental tone warmer and in general there is a greater eloquence in response to a true Mozart masterpiece ... The recordings are excellent: close and very well balanced for the needs of each work' (International Record Review)

'The Florestan Trio are back, and it almost goes without saying that their latest album is life-affirming, full of energy and deeply impressive - particularly in the way the musicians listen to each other even as they respond in dazzling style' (The First Post.com)

'The Florestan Trio take on Mozart's trios and inhect them with an enthusiastic zest. The textures are light, the playing airy, with a real sense of dialogue. Susan Tomes is pure magic on the piano, Richard Lester draws the oakiest of timbres from his cello, while violinist Anthony Marwood takes on his task with absolute glee' (Northern Echo)

'This is lovely music impeccably performed, recorded and presented' (ClassicalSource.com)

'The Trio's Mozart interpretations are really second to none. With a delightful 'classical' approach their playing is light and nimble, and never too weighty even when the music might suggest it. Particularly in K548, they slip between light and heavy naturally and seamlessly. The balance between the three instruments is spot on throughout, which reflects not only the players' astute and perfectly even-handed awareness of each other but also the skill and sensitivity of the recording engineer. The Florestan Trio are no strangers to the recording stage, and are collecting an enviable amount of excellent reviews. This is another one to add to the treasury. Bravo!' (Musicweb.com)

'This is a reference recording! How joyful, the sparkling flair of this new release. Hyperion has once more amazed us in offering a sample of exquisite musicianship, combined with a vividly engineered sounds. richly detailed and ideally suited for Mozart's sensitive scoring. Ensemble work is flawless, and intonation is no problem whatsoever. All three musicians are constantly looking for an original yet thoughtful approach to the score, and they succeed extremely well in doing so. I can¹t wait to hear their next contribution' (Fanfare, USA)

'These performances are inventive, spontaneous, expressive. They bring a singing quality to the melodies and a real grasp of structure ... There is a real sense of occasion, of something important happening' (American Record Guide)



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, K. 254
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/18/2006-05/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1776

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G major, K 496
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/18/2006-05/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in C major, K 548
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/18/2006-05/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788