- Audio CD (30 Dec 2002)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Hyperion
- ASIN: B00007FKRF
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. 1. Allegro vivace e con brio|
|2. 2. Largo assai ed espressivo|
|3. 3. Presto|
|4. Poco Sostenuto - Allegro Ma Non Troppo|
|6. Allegretto Ma Non Troppo|
|7. Finale: Allegro|
From the triumphant opening fanfare of the Ghost Trio you know it's been worth the wait. There's such unanimity of purpose here, three minds united in their common musical goal, and yet able to realise it without surrendering their individual character. Violinist Anthony Marwood seems incapable of playing a sourly tuned note, and in the opening of Beethoven's ghostly Largo he's matched perfectly by cellist Richard Lester in the chilly opening phrases, drained of colour until they slowly add vibrato and warmth.
Susan Tomes is the core of the trio, if not the key to it; perfectly balanced with the two string players, never overcrowding them or shouting them down. Even when she's at her busiest, say at the start of the Ghost's Finale, Tomes never drowns the other voices, and her beautifully articulated runs are exact but effervescent, fizzing with life and energy.
As in the Florestans' earlier recordings there's no distortion, no ugly bulges or individual eccentricities to learn to tolerate - everything has the ring of truth about it, and it's easy to feel that you're hearing the authentic voice of the composer throughout, and not the voices of the interpreters. The recording's superb, analytical but warm with the instruments close enough, yet in a nicely captured acoustic.
If what I've described has you worrying that these performances might be characterless, then banish the thought - there's character in spades, but in performances you really could play every day without tiring of the individual personalities at work (as is sometimes the case with the so-called power-trios of the past).
For quite a while it's been difficult to recommend the core piano trio repertoire on record without having recourse to the Beaux Arts Trio, or a venerable classic such as Stern-Rose-Istomin. The Florestans are changing that with this sequence of Hyperion recordings; buy this now, and wait impatiently for Beethoven Volume 2. --Andrew McGregor
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