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Mozart: Piano Trios, K548, K254 & K496

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Florestan Trio, Susan Tomes Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (30 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000OQDV2E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro Assai
2. Adagio
3. Rondo: Tempo Di Menuetto
4. Allegro
5. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
6. Allegretto (Theme and Variations 1-6)
7. Allegro
8. Andante Cantabile
9. Allegro

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Trios pour piano K496, K548, K254 / The Florestian Trio (Anthony Marwood, violon - Richard Lester, violoncelle & Susan Tomes, piano)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This disc, very well recorded in 2006, forms one of two discs of the Mozart piano trios performed by the Florestan Trio. This very talented group has a considerable following now, and I include myself as one of their admirers, because they bring a natural musicality to everything they play in addition to the apparent sheer joy of their shared music making.

This disc is typical of their work. Mozart is not always as easy as it seems and can sound laboured in the wrong hands. Not so here. The music, ideal salon music and perfect for more intimate home entertainment, follows its essentially lyrical progression with very much a musical smile on its face. The few moments of limited musical drama, as in the minor key sections, are not overplayed and the pervading sense of general bonhomie is left undisturbed.

Two of these three trios are firmly placed within the works of Mozart's maturity (K496 and K548). They were conceived as vehicles for his own piano playing but also at a time when Mozart was extending the violin and cello parts into more independent roles within the compositions. This is in contrast to the earlier times, as can be observed in Haydn's trios, when those two instruments were seen, and described, as accompanists to the keyboard which would not have been a piano, but more likely a harpsichord. Those earlier characteristics can also be observed in the Divertimento (K254) performed here and which can also be described as the first piano trio (although more likely played on a different keyboard instrument). All three works give considerable satisfaction in these excellent performances.

So, for those who are attracted to this program of early and mature piano trios, I would suggest that this disc warrants serious consideration. It also makes an excellent companion disc for the other disc already available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music 16 Dec 2011
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I believe that the Florestan Trio have recently disbanded which is a pity as I have really enjoyed countless hours listening to their music. The Mozart Piano Trios were new to me and bought as I sought to broaden my experience of Classical Music, I am not disappointed with my choice and have replayed the CD many times. For someone lacking in Classical knowledge like myself, the music of Mozart may be viewed as a safe choice, in this instance that safe choice turned out very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb modern rendition 30 Jun 2008
By Alan Lekan - Published on Amazon.com
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The Florestan Trio has created a fertile niche in the 19th-century romantic repertoire. Many of their recordings of the piano trios of Mendelssohn, Faure, Dvorak, Ravel, Debussy, Saint-Saens, Shubert and Schumann have received notable awards for excellence. Now more recently, they turned their attention to these bright, easily-likable pieces by Mozart and bring the same measure of quality and achievement they brought to these earlier recordings.

Grounded by pianist Susan Tomes, the Florestans recreate the light-hearted magic that is in so many of Mozart's compositions as these. The music here is innocent yet musically mature ... delicate yet intellectually rewarding.

Many would agree that The Florestan Trio is one of the finest piano trios performing today. One may be hard pressed to find minor quivers with any of the works here in an otherwise pristine performance and recording. Tomes runs-off the galloping semiquavers of the score with a galante ease while Marwood and Lester bring a superb command from the strings side that combine with such sensitivity and ease into a marvelous performance. It all sounds quintessential Mozart.

While The Beaux Arts Trio's recording on Philips is a standard reference work for piano trios, the Florestans bring a warmer tone and better sounding recording along with a more precise intonation (from especially the violin part) which gives it an edge over the earlier legendary trio mentioned. To me at least, the Florestans take up the mantle from the BAT for much of the great piano trio repertoire. This is a worthy and high-quality addition to the catalog of choices. Compositions - 4.5 stars; Performance - 5 stars; Sound quality - 4.5 stars.

If your ears gravitate towards the crisp, drier sound of a period fortepiano, then the recordings from Steven Lubin and The Mozartian Players is a clear recommendation at a bargin price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reference Recording of Mozart Piano Trios 19 Dec 2013
By David J. Friedlander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been searching for many years to find a recording of the Mozart Piano Trios that delivered satisfying performances. I started with the Beaux Arts Trio on Philips many years ago and initially did enjoy those recordings. It was a very good way to familiarize myself with the music. As time passes however I soon began to find flaws with the sound and even the intonation at times. I actually began to avoid listening.

Thus began my searching. I went through several versions and each one left me wanting. There came a period where it just seemed that maybe the music wasn't all that great after all and it was time to move on to other things. One day I was aimlessly doing some internet searching and landed on Hyperion's website. I found that the Florestan Trio had released two CDs of this music and they were both critically acclaimed. Well, so what I thought, been there before with the trios and ended up dissatisfied.

Out of curiosity, I decided to listen to the samples that were available at the site. Right away I could hear that the sound was superior. The recording is closer than the Beaux Arts version but not so close as to disrupt the aural image in any way. And the playing! This was what I had been wanting all along; Sensitive, aware, deep interpretation, togetherness, everything you would desire in a superior performance. This is the one people, along with the companion disc, here are the definitive versions of Mozart's Piano Trios. Now the music can be enjoyed for the masterpieces these works are. I can honestly say these recordings are more than twice the quality of anything that has come before.

You can't go wrong with these releases by Hyperion. If you love Mozart and want to experience the Piano Trios at their very best, this is the way to go.
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect companion disc to the earlier Florestan release 16 July 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This disc, very well recorded in 2006, forms one of two discs of the Mozart piano trios performed by the Florestan Trio. This very talented group has a considerable following now, and I include myself as one of their admirers, because they bring a natural musicality to everything they play in addition to the apparent sheer joy of their shared music making.

This disc is typical of their work. Mozart is not always as easy as it seems and can sound laboured in the wrong hands. Not so here. The music, ideal salon music and perfect for more intimate home entertainment, follows its essentially lyrical progression with very much a musical smile on its face. The few moments of limited musical drama, as in the minor key sections, are not overplayed and the pervading sense of general bonhomie is left undisturbed.

Two of these three trios are firmly placed within the works of Mozart's maturity (K496 and K548). They were conceived as vehicles for his own piano playing but also at a time when Mozart was extending the violin and cello parts into more independent roles within the compositions. This is in contrast to the earlier times, as can be observed in Haydn's trios, when those two instruments were seen, and described, as accompanists to the keyboard which would not have been a piano, but more likely a harpsichord. Those earlier characteristics can also be observed in the Divertimento (K254) performed here and which can also be described as the first piano trio (although more likely played on a different keyboard instrument). All three works give considerable satisfaction in these excellent performances.

So, for those who are attracted to this program of early and mature piano trios, I would suggest that this disc warrants serious consideration. It also makes an excellent companion disc for the other disc already available.
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