This disc from 2003 marks yet another outstanding disc of piano trios performed by this trio of wonderful musicians.
The Florestan Trio have now completed the piano trios by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mozart and Saint Saens to name but a few. Every single one of these discs can be seen as containing the perfect performance and the perfect interpretation and all captured by the perfect recording. To this catalogue of extraordinarily unvaried excellence must now be added the two piano trios by Mendelssohn.
These two trios are full of captivating melodic genius and torrents of scintillating passages of digital brilliance typical of the exuberant composer. All of this is displayed for our delight by three musicians who seem to have an unending delight in the music that they play and also in the pleasure of making music together. They consistently appear to be a perfectly blended group of interpretive musicians that seem to think as one. As a result their recordings have an extraordinary feel of 'live' music making caught on the wing by a talented recording team who just happened to be passing by at the time.
There is not a single one of the Florestan's discs that I have not bought and not a single one that I have regretted. There are numerous examples where I have simply replaced an otherwise well like earlier recording with the new one by the Florestans simply because they give me so much additional pleasure that there is no point in continuing to own the previous recording, however fine it had seemed before. So it is all over again!
If this is a program that any purchaser finds appealing then I would suggest that this recording will give a very high level of satisfaction indeed.
The Florestan Trio have behind them a long list of CDs - trios by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert - and most of these releases have been highly praised by newspaper, magazine and radio reviewers. This disc of Mendelssohn trios maintains this high standard. Apart from their technical excellence and faithful adherence to the composer's directions, perhaps their greatest quality is their unfailing ability to transmit their sheer joy in their music making. In their hands, these Mendelssohn masterpieces are nearly as much fun as their Haydn recordings, and there can be no higher praise. After playing the disc for the first time, I immediately replayed it all the way through.