Mendelssohn Piano Trios

Hamlet Piano Trio

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

A keyboard trio is usually written for the harpsichord, fortepiano or piano, and violin (or flute) and cello. The genre developed in the mid-18th century from the so-called Baroque trio sonata and the harpsichord sonata. A trio sonata is a work with three melodic lines or parts played by one, two or three instruments. Bach, for example, wrote trio sonatas for the organ, in which the three melodic lines are played by the right hand, left hand and pedal. The same piece could also be played by two violins or flutes and a bass instrument (harpsichord, cello or viola da gamba, for instance). The bass part could also be played by two or more instruments together: a melodic instrument such as the viola da gamba, cello or bassoon, and a chordal instrument such as the harpsichord, organ or lute. The official name of the bass part is basso continuo, i.e. a bass line which is ever-present, forming the supporting foundation for the composition as a whole. Another possibility was to play one of the upper parts on the violin or flute and the other two parts on the harpsichord. In this manner the three melodic lines were shared by two instruments. The harpsichord, which had been the humble servant of instruments with greater aspirations, thus became an equal partner with a fully-fledged role. The technical term for this role is ‘obbligato’, meaning obligatory. This is the general background to one of the most popular genres of classical chamber music, the piano trio, as we are familiar with it in the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn.

Tracklist

1.
Trio No. 1 Opus 49 - Moto allegro agitato
09:44
2.
Trio No. 1 Opus 49 - andante con moto tranquillo
06:33
3.
Trio No. 1 Opus 49 - Scherzo
03:37
4.
Trio No. 1 Opus 49 - finale
08:18
5.
Trio No. 2 Opus 66 - Allegro energico e con fuoco
10:45
6.
Trio No. 2 Opus 66 - Andante espressivo
06:33
7.
Trio No. 2 Opus 66 - Scherzo
03:40
8.
Trio No. 2 Opus 66 - finale
08:21

Total time: 00:57:31

Additional information

Mastering Equipment

B&W 803 diamond series

Recording Software

Merging

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Original Recording Format

Cables

van den Hul

Composers

Digital Converters

Grimm A/D

Microphones

Bruel & Kyaer

Artists

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom made

Producer

Willem de Bordes, Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

MCO studio 1, Hilversum Holland

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

SKU

36415

Release Date October 10, 2015
SKU 36415

Press reviews

American Record Guide

Giacometti has amazing technique (…) musical and compelling (…) the sound is as good as the performances (…)

Diapason

Réunis autour d’un Erard de 1837 à la sonorité gracieuse, les musiciens nous charment par la transparence de la texture légère et le raffinement des couleurs – splendide maîtrise des couleurs en boyau.

Music Emotion

Het fraaie is het contrast tussen de strijkers en de gespeelde pianopartij op de Erard piano (…) Opvallend is ook de fraaie klank van de cello.

Gramophone

Another month, another Mendelssohn trios disc. This new one from the Hamlet Trio, a group just four years old, boasts performances that shine with confidence and immediacy, and Paolo Giacometti plays a fine 1837 Erard piano. Good things abound: in the D minor First Trio the second movement’s tempo is spot-on, and the piano’s opening soliloquy persuasively done, while the scherzo sizzles without losing sight of an underlying elegance. The opening Allegro energico of the C minor, too, is certainly not short on fire. (…)

Opus Klassiek

De balans tussen de mildere klank van de met darmsnaren en bijpassende strijkstokken uitgerustte instrumenten vormt een weldadig evenwicht met de pianopartij, die door de veel doorzichtiger klank alle ruimte overlaat. Voeg daaraan toe de volkomen natuurlijke manier van musiceren, zonder overdreven rubati en een uitgekiend gebruik van vibrato en er ontstaat een pracht van een klankbeeld.

HRAudio.net

What the mellow sounding Erard piano brings to the table is clarity, especially to Mendelssohns writing at the lower end of the spectrum which here never sounds heavy or too full. (…) YThe passion and tempestuous character of these compositions is realized to the full, yet these artists are meltingly expressive in the two glorious slow movements, never short changing the music’s abundant lyriscism. (…) the sound quality is beautifully balanced and marvelously lifelike (…)

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