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Mozart: Complete Piano Trios / Trio Stradivari


Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777273   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Stradivari
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Trios: in G, K 496; in B?, K 502; in E, K 542; in C, K 548; in G, K 564; Divertimento in B?, K 254 Tr Stradivari (period instruments) cpo 777 273 (2 CDs: 125:12)


The Read more present performance is one of great interest. Cpo is a label that’s never afraid of releasing something daring. The reason this disc can be called daring is because of the Trio Stradivari’s Italian flamboyance. This ensemble, formed by three exquisite musicians is continuously in search of rediscovering Mozart’s music.


All members of the Trio Stradivari play on period instruments, which add a unique spontaneity to the score. With the recent and stunning release by the Florestan Trio on Hyperion still fresh in my head, it was hard to imagine that their performance would be followed immediately by one equally great. However, not everything in life is predictable, fortunately!


Vivid, light-hearted, and fresh are the best words to describe these performances. In its unmistakably extraverted Italian style, the Trio Stradivari offers us a most fascinating journey through Mozart’s music.


The Trio K 496 in G is a fine example of how these musicians care about big phrasing and pulse. The first movement Allegro is marvelously sculpted into a musical gem. The detail is simply astonishing; intonation is perfect; and balances are carefully constructed. Generally, the slow movements have a nice pace—certainly not too fast, as is too often the case.


Violinist Federico Guglielmo is an extremely inspired musician who leads the group with the necessary discretion. The joy he takes in his playing certainly inspires his two colleagues to do the same. Cellist Luigi Piovano is a renowned instrumentalist with a fitting gentleness in sound, though never boring and always pushing the music forward. Pianist Jolanda Violante combines intellectual vision with sparkling and virtuosic playing. All this splendor was recorded in detailed, focused sound by the cpo engineers.


The only negative point that may hinder some listeners from enjoying this recording is the strings’ impetuous swelling of notes. It’s something that bothered me from time to time, but not to such extend that it affected my view of this release in a serious way. Warmly recommended.


FANFARE: Bart Verhaeghe
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Works on This Recording

1.
Divertimento for Piano, Violin and Cello in B flat major, K 254 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Stradivari
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Sov 
Length: 17 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G major, K 496 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Stradivari
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Sov 
Length: 27 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in B flat major, K 502 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Stradivari
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Sov 
Length: 25 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in E major, K 542 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Stradivari
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2006 
Venue:  Studio Magister, Preganziol, Italy 
Length: 18 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in C major, K 548 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Stradivari
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2006 
Venue:  Studio Magister, Preganziol, Italy 
Length: 19 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Keyboard Trio No. 6 in G, K564 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Stradivari
Written: 1788 
Date of Recording: 02/2006 
Venue:  Studio Magister, Preganziol, Italy 
Length: 17 Minutes 18 Secs. 

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