Notes and Editorial Reviews
Piano Trios: No. 1; No. 2
Amsterdam Pn Tr
BRILLIANT 94039 (54:50)
As this is my 10th
review of these Mendelssohn trios, starting way back at
31:3, even including an arrangement where the violin is replaced by a flute, I declare a measure of seniority. This latest contribution by the Amsterdam Piano Trio to my review collection is characterized by a level of excellence not
easily surpassed. Clarity of line, attractive phrasing, and senses of drama and lyricism, where each is called for, all contribute to the most notable ingredient of having something new to say about these trios. This reads like a recommendation by this reviewer, but the competition is great in number and very challenging musically.
Pianist Klára Würtz, violinist Joan Berkhemer, and cellist Nadia David formed the Amsterdam Piano Trio in 1990 and have since toured around the world. Audiences are reported to be enthusiastic over these artists. This recording of the Mendelssohn trios is not new; it was made in 1999 and released a year later.
With such a world of choices, which of these 10 Mendelssohn trio discs should a collector not fail to own? I highly recommended the Trio Wanderer on Harmonia Mundi (31:3), and I recommended as worth having the live Eggner Trio on Live Classics (33:3). The Trio Jean Paul on AVI (33:4) and the Mendelssohn Piano Trio on Centaur (33:5) were each recommended as a “must.” The Ax/Perlman/Ma Trio on Sony (33:6) I called outstanding, and then modified that call with “astounding.” To these standing recommendations I add that of the Amsterdam Piano Trio. Get all six discs, listen, compare, and experience the variety of musical greatness each uniquely provides.
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