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5.0 out of 5 stars A winner of three major musical awards and richly deserved
This disc, very well recorded in 1998, makes the ideal companion to the Florestan's subsequent disc which includes the third piano trio. This first disc won three major recommendations - a Gramophone magazine award, the BBC best chamber music disc of 1999 and best chamber music disc of the decade (Classic CD magazine). This disc is of clear high quality in every respect,...
Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by I. Giles

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5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is o.k.
This is an average recording of the Schumann trios. The sound-quality is o.k. And the ensemble plays well together.And theyr playing is enjoyable. Only when you look at the scores you will find that the playing is not entirely satisfactory. Especially the pianist appears to be little shy and timid-there is hardly the "crazy" schumann found here, nore the passion! Their...
Published on 9 Feb. 2010 by abidoful


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner of three major musical awards and richly deserved, 25 Mar. 2013
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schumann - Piano Trios; The Florestan Trio (Audio CD)
This disc, very well recorded in 1998, makes the ideal companion to the Florestan's subsequent disc which includes the third piano trio. This first disc won three major recommendations - a Gramophone magazine award, the BBC best chamber music disc of 1999 and best chamber music disc of the decade (Classic CD magazine). This disc is of clear high quality in every respect, as indeed are all the other discs made by this outstanding group of players.

The first two piano trios were written in 1847, five years after Schumann had completed his piano quintet and the piano quartet op. 47. These two works can therefore be viewed as works of his maturity. The first trio has a more serious nature than the second but this is only a matter of relativity as both are completely enjoyable and expertly written. The Florestans play with a light but precise touch with a tight control of rhythm. This is a great asset in this music and the faster movements are able to sparkle as they should. The slow movements are kept on the move and the clean style of playing prevents any sense of undue heaviness. There close identification with the music is precisely why this disc has been the recipient of so much critical acclaim and awards.

The Florestan Trio have garnered a considerable number of praiseworthy reviews since their formation in 1995. Previously they were members of the much admired Domus Piano quartet. In 2000 the Trio received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music. I mention all this simply to inform those who are not familiar with this group of their recognised excellence in everything they have done.

I would suggest that this disc certainly deserves very serious consideration from potential purchasers interested in the Schumann piano trios. I would also suggest that the companion disc which includes the last piano trio would make an obvious second purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 13 Feb. 2011
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M. D. Holley (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schumann - Piano Trios; The Florestan Trio (Audio CD)
This was my first disc by the Florestan Trio, but not my last!

I have had endless enjoyment from it, and particularly love the Piano Trio No 1.

The last movement of this first Trio is absoltely life enhancing, and possibly my very favourite piece of Schumann. Try it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from the Florestan Trio, 30 Nov. 2013
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Harry Quick (Berriedale, Tasmania, AU) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schumann - Piano Trios; The Florestan Trio (Audio CD)
I am so happy to have bought this cd and added to my appreciation of the wonderful ability of this great group of players. A must cd for lovers of classical music.
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5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is o.k., 9 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Schumann - Piano Trios; The Florestan Trio (Audio CD)
This is an average recording of the Schumann trios. The sound-quality is o.k. And the ensemble plays well together.And theyr playing is enjoyable. Only when you look at the scores you will find that the playing is not entirely satisfactory. Especially the pianist appears to be little shy and timid-there is hardly the "crazy" schumann found here, nore the passion! Their renditions come little irritating due their overtly "pretty" way of playing these works.

These trios arent so popular compared to other of Schumanns chamber-works (especially the piano-quartets and- quintet). I found these trios charming and interesting, and couse there arent so many recordings available, i guess this one by the trio florestan is an o.k. choise.

Just beware that it might leave a little misguiding view of these works.
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