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  PentaTone Classics -
  PTC 5186 085
  Mendelssohn: Piano Trios - Fischer, Gilad, Müller-Schott
  Mendelssohn: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2

Julia Fischer (violin)
Jonathan Gilad (piano)
Daniel Müller-Schott (cello)
Track listing:
  Classical - Chamber
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Site review by Polly Nomial August 10, 2006
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Review by massprof August 8, 2006 (17 of 17 found this review helpful)
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This is my first review on this site, having been prompted to do so by the recent acquisition of this disc. Here the widely acclaimed young violinist Julia Fischer is joined by two other young colleagues, Daniel Muller-Schott and Jonathan Gilad, in the two Mendelssohn piano trios. Of course, these works have been played and recorded in the past by many great trios, but I am hard pressed to imagine more convincing and beautifully recorded performances than those offered by the present group. Like any great performances, these make me feel like I'm hearing the pieces for the first time. Dynamic shadings, phrasing, and tempos are perfectly judged throughout, at least by my taste. As wonderful as the Trio No. 1 in D minor is played, the second trio in C minor (which is arguably the more mature work) is even finer. For example, the opening theme of the first movement has an almost menacing quality that is powerfully conveyed by the musicians. In the second movement Andante, the expressiveness and poignancy of the playing is enough to bring tears to my eyes. The Scherzo is propulsive, with plenty of rhythmic drive. And the final Allegro pulls the whole piece together and brings it to a rousing conclusion. Needless to say, the sound is equally wonderful, with Pentatone's recording allowing all of the musicians to shine. If you are a lover of great chamber music and especially this repertoire, don't hesitate to get this disc. You won't be disappointed.

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Review by ~~Phil~~ October 17, 2006 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
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This disc is a stellar performance from start to finish. Added to that, it is beautifully recorded. I am always more interest in a great performance that exhibits great dynamics without sacrificing the overall energy, no disappointments here either. The sound is really quite natural, I have my hat off to the balance engineer at Penatone - it is really balanced perfectly!! Top notch work here from everyone involved and a real wonderful pianist - Jonathan Gilad should be very proud of his part on this disc...he shines from start to finish...I would like to hear more from him.

Julia Fischer is as stunning as always...She really knows her place in these works and shines only when it is called for. Just listen to her in the Andante of the D minor and you'll know why I'm so floored by her playing. Now after hearing all of her work with Penatone, I must say I'm truly looking forward to all her future releases...She has such fire!!! Technically brilliant and her love of the music is so clearly evident on this and every recording I've heard thus far - I think we are experiencing one of the first true legends of the 21st century...I can only imagine hearing her performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto in SACD!!!

There is such passion for this music from each performer that you will find it very easy to come back to this disc time and time again. BTW - My very first listen was the cd-layer in my car and that was excellent - or I should say, about as good as 16-bit can be...(if only I could have heard this in SACD in my car...someday, I hope!!!!)

Bottom line - Amazing team work that more than pays off for all - Best of all for the listener in the end!

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Works: 2  

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, MWV Q 29 Op. 49
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, MWV Q 33 Op. 66