Mendelssohn Piano Trios (2015)

Mendelssohn

Hamlet Piano Trio

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.

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Hamlet Piano Trio

The Dutch Italian and Italian Dutchman Paolo Giacometti is known as a soloist playing both modern and period instruments. He has recorded many albums with great works and renowned orchestras. In 2004, he received his first Edison award for one of his albums from the eight-part Rossini project. As a chamber musician, Paolo is mostly known in combination with renowned musicians like Pieter Wispelwey, with whom he has formed a duo for a long time.

Candida Thompson has been artistic leader of Amsterdam Sinfonietta since 2003, which under her leadership has developed into one of the most prominent chamber orchestras in the world, performing both in the Netherlands and abroad with soloists such as Murray Perahia, Thomas Hampson, Maxim Vengerov, Christianne Stotijn, Martin Frost and Gidon Kremer. Candida studied at the Guildhall School of Music with David Takeno. After graduating she continued her studies at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada. From a young age, Candida has played chamber music and worked with renowned musicians such as Isaac Stern, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson, Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin Saturday matinee series of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Serbian-Russian cellist Xenia Jankovic made her solo debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra at the early age of nine. Two years later, she received a scholarship for the Moscow Conservatory. In Switzerland she continued her studies with Pierre Fournier en Guy Fallot, and in Germany with Navarra. In 1981, she made her international breakthrough by winning the prestigious ‘Gaspar Cassado Cassado’ concourse in Florence. Her close collaboration with Sandor Vegh en György Sebök has further formed her, both as a musician and as a person. Jankovic performed as a soloist with esteemed orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the radio orchestras of Berlin, Copenhagen and Madrid.

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Mendelssohn Piano Trios (2015)

Mendelssohn

Hamlet Piano Trio

    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 (…)

Mendelssohn Piano Trios (2015)

Mendelssohn

Hamlet Piano Trio

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Trio No. 1 Opus 49 - Moto allegro agitato
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Trio No. 1 Opus 49 - andante con moto tranquillo
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Trio No. 1 Opus 49 - Scherzo
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Trio No. 1 Opus 49 - finale
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Trio No. 2 Opus 66 - Allegro energico e con fuoco
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Trio No. 2 Opus 66 - Andante espressivo
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Trio No. 2 Opus 66 - Scherzo
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Trio No. 2 Opus 66 - finale
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