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Haydn: Piano Trios-No 5

Magazine article Gramophone

Haydn: Piano Trios-No 5

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Haydn

Piano Trios--No 5, HobXV/1; No 13, HobXV/38; No 26, HobXV/13; No 39, 'Gypsy', HobXV/25

Riccardo Minasi vn Federico Toffano vc Maxim Emelyanychev fp

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Eighteenth-century keyboard trios were regularly billed as 'sonatas for the harpsichord or fortepiano, with the accompaniment of violin and violoncello'. You would hardly guess that pecking order from these performances. If you've heard Riccardo Minasi's Baroque performances you'll know that he is no shrinking violet. His playing here is as lively and inventive as you'd expect. Yet time and again he upstages Maxim Emelyanychev's fortepiano - say, at the opening of the early G minor Trio (No 5), where the touches of violin countermelody virtually swamp the principal line in the keyboard.

The prime problem is the close recording of the violin in an ultra-resonant acoustic. Even allowing for that, you suspect that Minasi is on a mission to elevate the violin's role in Haydn's trios, dominating at the slightest provocation, and, as recorded, employing a much wider dynamic range than the reproduction Anton Walter fortepiano can muster. …

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