FOURNIER, JANIGRO & BADURA-SKODA Mozart: Piano Trios, Vol. 1 (1953) - PACM032

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FOURNIER, JANIGRO & BADURA-SKODA Mozart: Piano Trios, Vol. 1 (1953) - PACM032

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Overview

MOZART Divertimento in B flat major, K.254
MOZART
Piano Trio in G major, K.564
MOZART
Piano Trio in B flat major, K.502
Recorded c.1953, Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal, Vienna

Duration 61:23


This set contains the following albums:

Fournier, Janigro and Badura-Skoda play Mozart

The complete Piano Trios Pt. 1, remastered for finest sound quality


We continue our re-evaluation of recordings made by Jean Fournier, Antonio Janigro and Paul Badura-Skoda with their complete Mozart Piano Trios, of which this is the first of two volumes. The first of these, written in August 1776, was entitled a Divertimento by the composer and came some ten years before the Trio in B flat (K502). Its style is perhaps closer to a violin sonata, with the cello largely relegated to echoing the bass line of the piano.

That said, the violin hardly takes centre stage in the Divertimento either - indeed in all three works here we find excellent piano music supported by violin and underpinned by cello. Indeed these works rate amongst Mozart's finest compositions for the piano - the Trio in G (K564) was originally conceived as a piano sonata, with the string parts added some time later.

Thus we have some marvellous Mozart, which is perhaps nowhere near as well known as it deserves to be (a check in the recording catalogues shows not a single LP available in the UK of Mozart's trios in the late 1970s, for example), superb playing, and excellent recordings brought back to life thanks to the mercurial touch of vinyl maestro Peter Harrison. Take a listen to our sample, the opening movement of the Divertimento, and see if you can resist it!

Andrew Rose

  • MOZART Divertimento in B flat major, K.254

  • MOZART Piano Trio in G major, K.564

  • MOZART Piano Trio in B flat major, K.502

    Recorded c.1953, Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal, Vienna

    Released as Westminster LPs 52-84 & 52-42
    Duration 61:23


Jean Fournier, violin
Paul Badura-Skoda, piano
Antonio Janigro, cello