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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completely dependable
The Beaux Arts Trio are famed for their musicality and reliabilty in the mainstream piano trio repertoire and they let no-one down here, least of all Mozart. These are stylish and highly musical versions, with no interpretative eccentricities but a feeling of rightness from start to finish. The pianist, Menahem Pressler, is particularly good, but he is primus inter pares...
Published on 31 Dec 2006 by Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mozart the complete trios
I have the same feelings about this set as I submitted for the as for the complete Brahms Trios disc.
Published 11 months ago by Ingrid Coles-Rutishauser


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completely dependable, 31 Dec 2006
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Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane "almac1975" (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart: The Complete Piano Trios; Clarinet Trio (Audio CD)
The Beaux Arts Trio are famed for their musicality and reliabilty in the mainstream piano trio repertoire and they let no-one down here, least of all Mozart. These are stylish and highly musical versions, with no interpretative eccentricities but a feeling of rightness from start to finish. The pianist, Menahem Pressler, is particularly good, but he is primus inter pares and all play well. In the wonderful 'Kegelstatt' Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, the players - Jack Brymer, Patrick Ireland and Steven Kovacevich - are just as good and this is a very thoughtful performance, fully realising the music's depth and range. Incidentally, I have just discovered from the booklet that 'Kegelstatt' means skittle alley, where allegedly the work was completed. The recordings, made in 1967 and 1970, are up to Phillips' usual very high standard, and this two-disc set, very reasonably priced as it is, is excellent value for money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good trios but... exceptional Clarinet Trio, 13 April 2008
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This review is from: Mozart: The Complete Piano Trios; Clarinet Trio (Audio CD)
These performances are very smooth and silken but there is definitely a lack of drama in the performances, which is the underlying characteristic inherent in these works. The Gramophone Guide of 2011 hinted at his when they said that these are "operatic works by other means". These "revered performances" which is how Gramophone describes them, in my opinion do not convey this inherent sense of drama. The performances here are extremely classically proportioned and creamy and the problem with the phrasing and the emotionalism, which I mentioned when I first wrote this review is that the assymetrically of these works and the drama of their operatic nature is not made evident. They are played almost like the Beaux Arts Trio's award winning performances of the Haydn Piano Trios, which they are for the most part very different from (see my review of the Hadyn Trios). The Beaux Arts Trio with all their smoothness polishes over the points of drama, rendering these works less brilliant and operatic in dramatic content than they really are. For other more "theatrical" interpretations see Hyperion's recording Mozart: Piano Trios, K502, K542 & K564Mozart: Piano Trios, K548, K254 & K496 or Analekta's recording Mozart - (Complete) Piano Trios
If you do not know these works and you want a first introduction to them at an exceptionally low price, this very good value for the money recording, is a beautiful introduction , but there is more to these works than this recording brings to light. These performances are a good traditional way to begin however.
The performance of the Clarinet Trio, which is played by a different group NOT the Beaux Arts Trio, but rather by the trio composed of: Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, Jack Brymer,Clarinet, and Patrick Ireland Viola is on the other hand exceptional and definitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 8 Jan 2013
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R. Simmonds "essex man" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart: The Complete Piano Trios; Clarinet Trio (Audio CD)
This works and the recording are frankly brilliant. The Piano Trios are music to get `lost` in. The Beaux Art Trio are superb and as stated in Marcolorenzo`s review the Clarinet Trio `Kegelstattt` has a different premier league line-up and for me this piece alone would be worth the price of admission. Its sublime music. Buy it and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid Mozart., 18 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Mozart: The Complete Piano Trios; Clarinet Trio (Audio CD)
This Cd includes all of Mozart's Piano trios plus the wonderful clarinet trio. It is very well played but, perhaps could do with a little more inspiration. This music has taken a step or two beyond the trios of Haydn, in particular the 'cello part is much more than a continuo style following of the bass line found in the earlier composer's work. However, the price makes this an excellent purchase.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chill out, 22 Sep 2010
This review is from: Mozart: The Complete Piano Trios; Clarinet Trio (Audio CD)
Nobody,but nobody,can marry piano and strings like Mozart.From the first track to the last is pure harmonious,sweet nuptials between the instruments. Perhaps this explains why W.A.Mozart is enjoying an exceptional "marriage" with music lovers.You can`t fail to love these discs.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mozart the complete trios, 26 Aug 2013
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I have the same feelings about this set as I submitted for the as for the complete Brahms Trios disc.
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