The piano trio had thrived as a genre suited to amateur music-making in eighteenth-century parlours, but it was only when Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart turned his hand to the medium that it was transformed into the ‘art form’ we know today. Emerging from the home into the concert hall, piano parts became significantly taxing (Mozart wrote them for himself to play) and the violin and cello were elevated from accompanying roles to positions of equal prominence. The three trios on this disc were written at the zenith of Mozart’s powers, K502 in 1786, K542 and K564 in the second half of 1788. All three are masterpieces, a sense of profound musical thought ever-present beneath their tranquil exteriors. Performances by The Florestan Trio are every bit as committed and polished as we have come to expect from their many previous acclaimed recordings.
'Susan Tomes’s sprightly piano is in its element, leading the dance in these three mature trios … Moods change at a flick of Mozart’s wrist, and Tomes, Anthony Marwood and Richard Lester have all the flexibility needed' (The Times)
'These are beautifully judged performances, generally fleeter of foot, airier of texture and more intimate in tone with an ideal balance between the instruments' (Gramophone)
'Superb execution … another feather in the Florestan Trio's cap' (International Record Review)
'The Florestan Trio makes this lovely music shimmer with dazzling facility. These are seasoned Mozart interpretations of high order' (Audiophile Ausition) 'The Florestan Trio, whose recording of Mozart Piano Trios prove an unmitigated delight.' (Secrets)