The Bartolozzi Trio is ideally set up to perform Haydn: they use modern instruments, but have all carefully studied historically informed performance (HIP), including bowing, vibrato and quick pacing. Matthew Truscott has been concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert and King’s Consort. Richard Lester was principal cello for the OAE and now plays in both the London Haydn Quartet and the Florestan Trio. Simon Crawford-Phillips might be familiar from his work with the marvelous Kungsbacka Trio, which recorded the three previous volumes in this series.
No surprise, then, that these relatively early trios are masterfully performed. They’re short works, all but one of them in just two movements,Read more and as appealing as can be. The compromise the Bartolozzi strikes is just about perfect. Those who prefer the new historical authenticity won’t be put out since the players are so attuned to this era. All that the modern instruments really add is an extra degree of fullness and beauty and that’s what a lot of anti-HIPsters are complaining about, so perhaps they will accept this too.
The Trio No. 12, in E minor, is by far the most substantial of these at 20 minutes, and it’s a delight, looking forward almost to young Beethoven. The cello has more work to do than in many works from the time period but don’t expect too much E-minor melancholy; that only lasts for a few minutes. The Bartolozzi performance is slick and stylish.
With sound quality just as good as the playing, this review can be brief. The CD is wonderfully satisfying, and only die-hard HIP or anti-HIP partisans could be displeased. I found it a most enjoyable hour of Haydn. Reviews don’t get easier to write than that.
– Brian Reinhart, MusicWeb International Read less
Fine PerformanceMarch 15, 2014By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"This excellent disk of early Haydn piano trios (# 8-12) is performed by a new ensemble, the Batrtolozzi Trio, which takes over from the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, the group which recorded the first three volumes in the Haydn series. The sound of this group is noticeably different from the Kungsbackers. Although Arkivmusic's professional critic assures us that the Bartolozzi Trio uses modern instruments, Matthew Truscott's violin seems to have the 'period instrument' sound, at least to my ears. Spirited, dynamic readings of these piano trios result in a recording of high quality and lots of listening pleasure. The piano trio format has a lot to offer the classical music fan, and one of its advantages is that its leaner textures (with only 3 instruments) permit the listener to follow quite easily the role of each instrument. Trios # 8-11 contain only 2 movements, and it is only with Trio # 12 in E Minor that a more advanced 3 movement work emerges. At about 20 minutes in length, this remarkable trio dwarfs the other four on the disk, and distinguishes itself with one of the most infectious, boisterous rondo finales you'll ever encounter. None of these works approaches the sophistication of Haydn's late piano trios; nevertheless, this recording is an excellent signpost indicating the emerging musical genius that Haydn became. I liked this disk, and I think most chamber music fans will as well. Definitely recommended."Report Abuse