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
CD No: HYPERION CDA67609
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.