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Often referred to as one of the greatest of child prodigies, Mendelssohn in his maturity wrote two well-known piano trios that stand as peaks among his chamber music compositions.
This recording of deeply committed performances by the legendary Borodin Trio represents excellent value for money on the market.
‘Claiming many a success for Chandos, the redoubtable Borodin Trio, among the finest now heard on disc, apply themselves to the elegant, beautifully crafted Mendelssohn works – tuneful, light in character, satisfying…’ Which Compact Disc
‘…the Borodins have the field to themselves on CD… the three instruments merge in exceptionally ripe, full-bodied sonority… their sound-world is in fact almost Brahmsian. Always the players emphasise the romantic heart beneath Mendelssohn’s classical façade.’ Gramophone
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
I. Molto allegro ed agitato
II. Andante con moto tranquillo
III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
I. Allegro energico e fuoco
II. Andante espressivo
III. Scherzo: Molto allegro quasi presto
IV. Finale: Allegro appassionato
“Some may find the Borodin Trio's approach to first movements a touch wayward, but most will warm to the full-blooded Romanticism of their way with Mendelssohn. The scherzos in particular have a magical lightness; recording is warmly supportive.”
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