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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 18 August 2016
A few previous reviewers have complained that the Beaux Arts Trio fail to find the drama and operatic sweep supposedly inherent in this music whereas most are delighted by the poise and elegance of the playing here. I have to say that I, too, am wholly satisfied by the serendipity of the music-making on this bargain Philips Duo. This is not necessarily Mozart at either his most profound and you will search in vain for the emotional trenchancy encountered in the late string quartets, but that is not to say this music is without its moments of introspection and shadow; if anything, Mozart often foreshadows Schubert's gift for smiling through tears. The concluding Allegro of K.542 is a case in point, where in the development section the music veers off into darker paths. Fellow-reviewer Bernard O'Hanlon is quite right to cite the slow movement of K.496 as proof of how brightly the flame of Mozart's genius burns at certain points in these works.

For me, the star of the trio remains Menahem Pressler, whose feather-light fingering and sublime phrasing enhance every bar for the piano. I understand those who find violinist Daniel Guilet's tone a little thin and acidic but the music hardly demands a lush, Romantic sound. Bernard Greenhouse is his usual, musical, wholly dependable self on the cello.

Some prefer the Beaux Arts' second recording from 1987 which offers digital sound, a richer-toned violinist in Isidor Cohen and the inclusion of K.442 completed by Stader. On the other hand, this Philips Duo issue offers as a bonus the genial Trio for piano, clarinet and viola played by the starry trio of Stephen Kovacevich, Jack Brymer and Patrick Ireland respectively; you surely cannot go wrong with either option.
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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 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 6 November 2016
Mozart's genius needs no further stating - it's well-established, and deserved.
Arrived quickly, safely and in excellent condition.
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on 14 January 2017
Possibly the most relaxing music I've ever heard...
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on 31 August 2017
Enjoy listening.
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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 30 January 2016
Great version, sound is good.
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on 15 January 2017
:-)
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on 28 August 2014
The Clarinet Trio is a favourite, and this performance does not disappoint!
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