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A most impressive disc.
Haydn trios played with such care for their sound! and texture. Unless they're being performed on period instruments, one might feel that the cello is largely redundant, swamped by the power and resonance of the modern piano. But here Vincent Coq's piano playing is so clear and well-controlled that we can fully experience the role of the cello in reinforcing, sustaining and articulating the bass line. The recording, too, is notably well focused.
These trios, composed in London, show Haydn's instrumental art at a high point, with an imaginative reach to rival the great symphonies and quartets of the 1790s. The Wanderers demonstrate the music's full stature by encompassing all its
elements. The irrepressible high spirits are there, in the presto finales of Nos 39, 43, and 45, with glittering, precise finger-work and idiomatic rhythmic touches to characterise the famous 'Gypsy' rondo of No 39 and the Allemande in No 45. Just as compelling are the dreamy, Schumannesque middle movement of No 45 and the serene Adagio of No 39. The severe minor key Allegretto that takes the place of a slow movement in No 94 has an intensity that comes both from the sense of flow and the dramatic expression given to the piano melody. And the beauty of the following finale is enhanced by its rhythmic flexibility, allowing the music to switch between lingering tenderness and impulsive passion. A most impressive disc.
- Duncan Druce, Gramophone, (May, 2002)
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