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Trio Santoliquido's delightful Mendelssohn
Remastered for finest sound quality
Still firmly installed in Leipzig, this first of Mendelssohn's two
mature Piano Trios (there was a very early Piano Trio written in
childhood) was completed in July, 1839, and given its first performance
in the autumn concert season there in an otherwise relatively quiet year
for composition (an overture, some organ fugues, partsongs and a psalm
setting also date from 1839).
The first Trio was an instant success - vigorous and tuneful, it is, in the words of Philip Radcliffe: "very grateful to play"; if at times the material is not quite strong enough for its treatment in the outer movements, the andante and scherzo are both particularly effective - the latter positively sparkles.
Mendelssohn returned to the form six years later, and perhaps his second Piano Trio has the slight edge over the first overall; nevertheless both are particularly attractive pieces.
The rather wonderful recording offered here was made by Trio Santoliquido, whose superb recordings of three Beethoven Piano Trios were among the first set of releases (alongside Mendelssohn's Elijah) remastered in 2005 for the Divine Art Historic Sound label by Andrew Rose at Pristine Audio.
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, op. 49
Recorded 16-21 September, 1953, Beethovensaal, Hannover
Released as Deustche Grammophon 16107 LP
Ornella Puliti Santoliquido, piano
Arrigo Pelliccia, violin
Massimo Amfitheatrof, cello