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Florestan Trio

Hype­r­ion CDA 67757

Haydn’s best pi­ano trios are among his finest cre­ations, and the Florestan Trio’s se­lec­tion of four late, great trios in­cludes some of the cream of the crop. Vi­o­lin and cello de­fer to the pi­ano in th­ese works, a fea­ture which has not en­deared them to mod­ern per­form­ers. But the level of in­ven­tion is re­mark­ably high, and the twists and turns of the sur­prises that Haydn spins out so gen­er­ously are a con­stant de­light. The Florestan’s per­for­mances are tight in en­sem­ble, with el­e­gantly an­gu­lar con­tri­bu­tions from pi­anist Su­san Tomes and a com­bi­na­tion of acute ob­ser­va­tion and self-ef­face­ment from cel­list Richard Lester. Vi­o­lin­ist An­thony Mar­wood can be the per­fect part­ner, but some­times leans on the mu­sic for the kind of ex­pres­sive yields that were to come in a later era. www.tinyurl.com/ 5jub7c

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