Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: 'Piano Trios, Vol 2'

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: 'Piano Trios, Vol 2'

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'Piano Trios, Vol 2' Piano Trios--No 2, Op 1 No 2; No 6, Op 70 No 2 Trio Con Brio Copenhagen Orchid (F) ORC100091 (64' * DDD)

Trio Con Brio launched their Beethoven piano trio cycle earlier this year with a pairing of the Op 1 No 1 and Ghost Trios plus the Kakadu Variations whose exuberance and clarity more than exemplified the qualities of 'verve and poise' that Hannah Nepil, reviewing their Tchaikovsky in these pages in 2016, found in this excellent Copenhagen-based trio. Now comes the 'difficult second album' of any complete cycle, and by pairing the Ghost's neglected twin Op 70 No 2 with the least-played of the Op 1 set, the G major second, they've not given themselves an easy sell.

In fact, it adds up to a thoroughly beguiling programme. Trio Con Brio deliver brisk readings, buoyant with dance rhythms and understated wit (I enjoyed violinist Soo-Jin Hong's slide back into the recapitulation of the first movement of Op 1 No 2). …

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