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Mozart: Complete Piano Trios / Trio Parnassus


Release Date: 11/25/2003 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold Catalog #: 3030373   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Trios: in B?, K 502; in E, K 542; in G, K 496; in C, K 548; in G, K 564. Trio Movements, K 442. Divertimento in B?, K 254 ? Tr Parnassus ? MDG 303 Read more 0373 (2 CDs: 139:06)


A fact, perhaps entirely personal, is that when I think of the best, or even most intriguing Mozart, I never think of the Piano Trios, though they were written in the composer?s (always relative) maturity. Perhaps it?s the competition, not merely with other Mozart, but with the important trios written by others. Haydn wrote a dozen startlingly distinctive piano trios, Beethoven the powerful ?Archduke,? and Schubert two masterpieces, op. 99 and op. 100, the latter with its March to the scaffold?as it has always seemed to me. Listening to the elegant Adagio from the Divertimento in B? that is here played so beautifully, I wonder, though, what my problem is. There?s not a note misplaced, and, to quote the composer, not a note more than is needed. The trios were meant to be played in private homes, probably by Mozart himself. They avoid the depths of feeling of the concertos, which would have no place in the drawing rooms of the nobility. The pieces are charming rather than witty the way Haydn?s are: they are good company.


The Trio Parnassus (with pianist Chia Chou) plays these unambitious works perfectly, it seems to me, with the sensitivity one expects and without mannerisms. The recorded sound is particularly good: the trio sounds as if it were in my living room. The competition comes primarily from the Beaux Arts trio: Philips has issued a two-disc set of the earlier recordings by the Beaux Arts, featuring violinist Daniel Guilet. I do find those recordings slightly mannered, the violinist pushy, and pianist Menahem Pressler occasionally precious. That collection, however, has the advantage of including the truly wonderful ?Kegelstatt? Trio, whereas this double disc by the Trio Parnassus includes three unfinished movements for piano trio instead. The 1987 recordings by the Beaux Arts came on three discs, which should put it out of the running for most listeners.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G major, K 496 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in B flat major, K 502 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in E major, K 542 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in C major, K 548 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in G major, K 564 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Divertimento for Piano, Violin and Cello in B flat major, K 254 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
7.
Pieces (3) for Piano and Strings, K 442 [Fragments] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1783-90; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This work was completed by Abbé Stadler in 1797. 

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