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Schumann - Piano Trios; The Florestan Trio CD

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  • Performer: Anthony Marwood, Richard Lester, Susan Tomes, Robert Schumann
  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00000IAE7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mit Energie Und Leidenschaft
  2. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch, Trio, Coda
  3. Langsam, Mit Inniger Empfindung
  4. Mit Feuer
  5. Sehr Lebhaft
  6. Mit Innigem Ausdruck
  7. In mabiger Bewegung
  8. Nicht Zu Rasch

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GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE 'Music-making just doesn't come much more sympathetic or stylish than this. Marvellously poised and evincing an impeccable sense of teamwork. Do try to make the Florestan Trio your first port of call' --Gramophone

CLASSIC CD 100 GREATEST DISCS OF THE DECADE 'Revelatory performances. Technically flawless, yet they also convey a wonderful feeling of spontaneity and utter commitment to Schumann's art' --Classic CD

'Some utterly magical playing here. An exemplary release' (Hi-Fi News) 'Incredibly tender playing of three musicians who are completely at one with each other' (The Scotsman) 'No one who loves Schumann should miss this outstandingly fine new disc' --BBC Music Magazine

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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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By M. D. Holley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2011
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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still top of the heap . . . 27 Jan. 2012
By news4u - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a much-acclaimed recording when it was first released in the late '90s. And little wonder. Wonderfully played renditions of some of Schumann's far-too-often-overlooked chamber music. Still sounds great, too. I prefer it to the equally acclaimed, more recent, albeit more complete, Schumann trios from Andsnes, et.al. on EMI.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances by the Florestan Trio 19 Jan. 2009
By Roman Surowiec - Published on Amazon.com
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Schuman's D minor trio, in particular, is a deep and fascinating piece. The Florestan plays it with energy and insight. The other trios I do not know so well, but the D minor is alone worth this CD.
1 of 1 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
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: 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.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 30 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Schumann's later chamber works are often put down as being somehow less inspired than, say, his early piano music and the chamber works of 1842 (the great Quintet in particular). Listening to these performances, you wonder why. The two trios, written within a relatively short amount of time from each other, make for an interesting comparison: the first (in D minor) is darker, more tragic, whereas the second one (in F major) is altogether brighter and more outgoing. Both have exceptionally beautiful slow movements, though for me the closing movement of the second Trio doesn't come close to the corresponding movement in the first Trio, which I think is one of the most thrilling things in the entire chamber-music repertoire. However, the second Trio does make up for this with some beautiful interplay between the string instruments in the first movement, plus a very original third movement--in place of the Scherzo Schumann wrote a gentle barcarolle that is filled with counterpoint, a fascinating example of Schumann's love of counterpoint.
I'm very thankful to the Florestan Trio's recording of these works, because I think they show what an outstanding recording can do to make us re-evaluate the merits of previously underappreciated works. They certainly did that for me. They combine technical polish with much imagination in their playing. They are totally committed and sound genuinely in love with these works, which is never to be taken for granted in this repertoire. Special honors to Susan Tomes for her exceptionally sensitive piano playing and her keen ear for balance. The recording itself is demonstration quality.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have. Essential. 29 Sept. 2004
By D. R. Greenfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Robert Schumann was arguably the quintessential romantic. His romanticism was not mawkish sentimentalism but dwelt in the same heroic realms as Keats, Shelley, Goethe, and Holderlin. The trios on this disk were written during the most creative period of his short life, following upon his marriage to Clara. The striking thing about Schumann's work, and on this disk especially, is the total openness with which he lays bare his psyche. There is no posturing, no self-indulgence, no self-pitying; there is just a very earnest sincerity to express the core of his being. Listening to this music you begin to sense the enormous sensitivity of this man, and the incredible honesty and dignity he possessed. Florestan delivers a flawless performance with just the right amount of romantic sentiment as would be proper for this early period of German romanticism. Sound quality, as always on Hyperion, is first-rate. This is essential music if you collect classical.
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