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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 December 2006
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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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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on 24 January 2016
There is no question of the quality of performance on these discs, nor the recording quality which is intimate and clear. Both are excellent. For Mozart lovers more familiar with the operatic or symphonic works, these small scale chamber works may at first seem a little unusual. However, give them your full attention and they will reveal another, more intimate Mozart. Gentle, and yet inventive and charming in their way. These recordings quickly grow on you and perhaps enlighten your view of Mozart overall. This is an excellent compilation.
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on 8 January 2013
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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on 28 February 2016
A very good value double disc, it's really good to have all the piano trios available in one place, Mozart was such a genius!!!
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on 18 November 2013
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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on 28 August 2014
The Clarinet Trio is a favourite, and this performance does not disappoint!
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on 30 January 2016
Great version, sound is good.
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on 28 December 2014
Sublime. Exotic.
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on 30 December 2015
Great recording
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