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Mendelssohn: Piano Trios-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Mendelssohn: Piano Trios-No 1

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Piano Trios--No 1, Op 49; No 2, Op 66

Fournier Trio

Resonus (F) RES10161 (59' * DDD)

Is it just me, or are piano trios getting younger? The Hamlet Trio, whose Mendelssohn I reviewed a few months back (Channel Classics, 12/15), was a mere four years old at the time of recording; the Fournier is just a year older. Mind you, these are works that respond tremendously well to youthful elan, as witness the fabulous Fischer/Miiller-Schott/Gilad interpretations, of which I never tire.

The Fournier have garnered a number of accolades and it's not difficult to hear why, for this is playing with a high level of finish to it. Even the scherzos have not a hair out of place. They reveal, above all, the elegance of Mendelssohn's writing--just sample the ardent duetting between violin and cello in the recapitulation of the first movement of the D minor No 1, or the piano's gende introduction to the same work's Andante. …

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