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This review is from: Haydn:The Piano Trios [Die Klaviertrios / Les 43 Trios Avec Piano] (Audio CD)
All in all, the finest complete recording out there. That said, I nevertheless could wish for a more spirited recording. The Beaux Arts Trio is, to my taste, simply too polite and aristocratic in these recordings, too polished and delicate. On an individual basis, I would instead try out some of the original instrument recordings for their fire and spirit--qualities for which Haydn was famous. The Beaux Arts trio, at least in these recordings, makes just about all of his trios sound like they were written for drawing room entertainment and evening tea parties. On the other hand, I find it hard to come by original instrument recordings that aren't annoyingly squeaky and stringy, drawbacks which the Beaux Arts Trio gratefully dodges by virtue of their overly modern polish.
In this reviewer's opinion, the ideal performance of a haydn trio is yet to be heard.