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Mozart: Late Piano Trios / Kungsbacka Piano Trio


Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570519   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Malin BromanSimon Crawford-PhillipsJesper Svedberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Trios: Nos. 4–6; in D, K 442 (compl. Stadler) Kungsbacka Pn Tr NAXOS 8.570519 (76: 42)


This may well be the shortest entry I’ve ever submitted; for assuming that my review of Volume 1 of the Kungsbacka’s Mozart piano trios appeared in the 32:5 issue, there’s little to add. The current Volume 2 completes this ensemble’s run of Mozart’s six official trios for violin, cello, and piano, filling out the disc with an additional three-movement trio cobbled together by the Read more Abbé Maximilian Stadler from fragmentary odds and ends that were probably intended for other pieces.


To restate what I said in my previous review, “The Kungsbacka Trio is a modern-instruments ensemble, but it plays stylishly and tastefully. Translation: articulation is crisp, vibrato is minimal, tempos are spirited in allegro movements and forward moving in andante movements, open strings are not avoided, and first movement exposition repeats are taken. For those who don’t already have one or more versions of these trios in their collections and/or who are not uncompromising advocates for period instruments, the Kungsbacka Trio can be recommended for very fine playing, and Naxos’s recording, at a price that can’t be beat, is excellent.”


Now that this cycle is complete, it definitely vies for equal favor with other preferred versions by the Florestan, Parnassus, and Gryphon Trios. And at budget price, it possibly edges them out slightly. Strongly recommended.


FANFARE: Jerry Dubins
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in E major, K 542 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Malin Broman (Violin), Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano), Jesper Svedberg (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in C major, K 548 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Malin Broman (Violin), Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano), Jesper Svedberg (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Keyboard Trio No. 6 in G, K564 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Malin Broman (Violin), Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano), Jesper Svedberg (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Written: 1788 
4.
Pieces (3) for Piano and Strings, K 442 [Fragments] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Malin Broman (Violin), Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano), Jesper Svedberg (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1783-90; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Trio in E, K 542: III. Allegro
Piano Trio in G, K 564: I. Allegro

Sound Samples

Piano Trio No. 4 in E major, K. 542: I. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 4 in E major, K. 542: II. Andante grazioso
Piano Trio No. 4 in E major, K. 542: III. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 5 in C major, K. 548: I. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 5 in C major, K. 548: II. Andante cantabile
Piano Trio No. 5 in C major, K. 548: III. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 6 in G major, K. 564: I. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 6 in G major, K. 564: II. Andante
Piano Trio No. 6 in G major, K. 564: III. Allegretto
Piano Trio in D major, K. 442 (completed by M. Stadler): I. Allegro
Piano Trio in D major, K. 442 (completed by M. Stadler): II. Tempo di Menuetto
Piano Trio in D major, K. 442 (completed by M. Stadler): III. Allegro

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