Mozart Piano Trios/The Florestan Trio

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Divertimento in B flat, K254
Piano Trio in G, K496
Piano Trio in C, K548

The Florestan Trio [Anthony Marwood (violin), Richard Lester (cello) & Susan Tomes (piano)]

Recorded 18-20 May 2006 in Henry Wood Hall, London

Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: May 2007
Duration: 60 minutes

An hour well spent in the company of Mozart and the Florestan Trio. If the music is on the slight side, it is never less than convivial and charming; and the musicians of the Florestan Trio play it with sparkle, liveliness, poise and unfailingly well-judged balance and interaction and are fully alive to the music’s charms – from K254, aptly named Divertimento, the Adagio (kept moving) is a lyric joy and the closing Rondo is akin to a coffee-house serenade.

The G major Trio is a more expansive affair, quietly spoken, civilised, yet no stranger to detours; the Andante is richly expressive and the Variations that form the finale are pleasingly entertaining. The C major work begins boldly before retreating to playfulness and resolute strides. The Andante cantabile is the epitome of drawing-room loveliness and the elegant finale is an unforced but purposeful conclusion.

Put simply, this is a lovely music impeccably performed, recorded and presented. The Florestan’s previous release of Mozart’s piano trios is on CDA67556: well worth catching up with.

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