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Mendelssohn: Piano Trios 1 & 2

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  • Performer: Gould Piano Trio
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (January 15, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005RT4Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. White on April 8, 2010
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The combination of Mendelssohn's music and a trio of marvelous performers to play it is unbeatable. All three members of the trio are skilled solo musicians. In this recording Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma prove beyond a doubt that they are magnificent ensemble players as well.

Mendelssohn and spring seem to go together. Even in the middle of a bitterly cold winter or a hot and humid summer, this recording sings of spring. The melodies, traded back and forth between instruments, are so beautiful that the listener is moved to hum along in his/her mind and heart.

There is no fighting for supremacy in this recording. The musicians honor the flow of the music and the sensitivity required by it. The melodies flow seamlessly from cello to violin to piano and back again. All in all, this is a magnificent recording of a superlative performance.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 2, 2010
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This album to commemorate Mendelssohn's bicentennial has shown up a little past 2009, but it's a welcome return to chamber music by three stars in the classical world. Of the major labels, Sony BMG seems to have given up on chamber music almost completely. Thank goodness we have an archive of recordings from the era when Yo-Yo Ma and Isaac Stern, often in the company of Emanuel Ax, produced an outpouring of Brahms CDs that remain the best modern renditions. Perlman has made fewer appearances in chamber music since his early days but is, of course, accomplished in his own right.

Here they compete with the ghost of Stern, whose all but definitive account of the two Mendelssohn Piano Trios with partners Leonard Rose and Eugene Istomin derives from an even earlier era before he met Ma. As befits the performers' gray hair, these new recordings are seasoned and relaxed. The whirlwind Scherzo in Trio no. 1 won't stir up any dust; the opening Molto allegro e agitato is far from being either very fast or agitated. Is it right to turn the finale, marked "very fast" and "passionate," into something more civilized? The same experienced, suave restraint hovers over Trio no. 2 as well. Comparisons with Istomin-Stern-Rose or the trio led by Julia Fischer on PentaTone, not to mention the ultra-energized Martha Argerich and Friends (EMI), reveal how this music sounds when played with more vitality. On the other hand, there's no denying that the playing here bespeaks Cadillac musicianship, even if it rarely gets out of first gear
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven Tibbetts on September 8, 2011
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This music isn't for everyone and I can only tolerate the best. Well, this is the best. Three of the greatest talents performing together is magnificent. It plays in the car continuously.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 4, 2010
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This CD is one of the most beautiful collections I have heard in a long time. I do not recommend you listen while driving because the music is so wonderful it takes you to a meditative state and you will forget where you are going. I highly recommend this to everyone, no matter what your favorite genre of music. You will be transcended to a better place.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 23, 2006
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All too often, the music of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-- 1847) is treated dismissively as a sort of overly polished and bland specimen of Victorian romanticism. This CD of Mendelssohn's two piano trios should go a long way towards correcting this view. Mendelssohn's two piano trios are both in the minor key. They both are full of passion, lyricism, and intimacy. The works were written to be performed by capable amateur musicians in the intimacy of the home, a type of "hausmusik" that, alas, is not common today. But the trios are delightful to hear for the multitude of music lovers that, in our day, do not play or have the opportunity to play. The music is fully accessible and will appeal to those coming for the first time to chamber music as well as to experienced listeners.

The trios are performed by the Gould Piano Trio, an ensemble consisting of three young English musicians: Lucy Gould, Violin, Martin Storey, cello, and Benjamin Firth, piano. The performance is exquisite, with great expression and musicianship both in ensemble and in solo passages. The disk has received substantial critical acclaim.

Mendelssohn's first piano trio in D minor opus 49 dates from 1837 while the second piano trio in C minor opus 66 dates from 1845. Each work is in four movements. Both trios have extended and brilliant piano parts (I am a pianist at heart.) while the first trio spotlights the cello considerably more that does the second. There are many similarities between the two trios, but each has a voice of its own.

The first movement of the D minor features two melancholy and lyrical themes, each of which is stated initially by the cello.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill Atkinson on December 9, 2007
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To most individuals, Mendelssohn is a pleasant Nineteenth Century composer comparable to the painter Dante Gabriel Rosseti or the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. They have heard the Wedding March, the Hebrides overture, and perhaps snippets from Elijah. In my estimation, he was also a major composer of chamber music second only to Beethoven and then Schubert.

The first trio is well balanced with a darkly driving first movement. This is succeeded by a second movement which seems to be a cross between a lullaby and a hymn. The third movement is pert and the last is suggestive of an Eastern European dance.

The initial movement of the second trio has an intensity similar to its counterpart in the first trio. The second movement is undistinguished but the third has a marked similarity to one of the passages in the Midsummer Nights music. The last movement displays a broadly expansive melody.

The Gould Piano Trio (Lucy, not Glenn)gives a well balanced performance and the recording has the technical excellence usually attained by Naxos.

If you like these recordings, try the series issued by Naxos particularly the sixth quartet which has the poignance and emotional intensity of the first Smetana quartet. (Incidently I do not recommend the Naxos recording of the Smetana.)
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