Mozart Piano Trios
KV 502, 542, 564
The Rautio Piano Trio made their Resonus Classics recording debut in 2016 with a disc of three piano trios by Mozart – trios in B flat major (KV 502), in E major (KV 542) and in G major (KV 564).
The Trio perform here on period instruments – including a fortepiano that once belonged to the late Christopher Hogwood CBE. This critically acclaimed debut disc received multiple 4 and 5 star reviews and is frequently played on BBC Radio 3, recently featured for Composer of the Week.
‘The sheer joy and bounce of the performances win through. There’s a natural flexibility that’s refreshing, a gentle way with ornaments (some written, others not) and, especially as K542’s finale launches into its triplet passages, an infectious sense of toe-tapping delight. Most enjoyable, then, and the recorded sound is clear and engaging too.’
Barely does a disc come along that unexpectedly brings so much pleasure as this one [..] from the opening notes, I just knew it was a total winner. The balance between the three instruments is beautifully handled (the cello only sometimes emerges from its bass line duties), and the gorgeous tone Jane Gordon gets especially from the upper reaches of her violin is absolutely to die for. The three works on the disc only last just under an hour, but what an hour! According to the booklet note, the Rautio Piano Trio also play modern repertoire on suitable instruments, so they are clearly a force to be reckoned with. I hope they and Resonus will continue to explore period performances of some less well-known pieces for the line-up, too – fabulous recordings, magical performances.
Beethoven, Hiller & Schubert
Ghost Trio, World Premiere, Notturno
With a programme that includes the world premiere recording of Hiller’s Piano Trio No. 6 in C minor alongside Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio and Schubert’s Piano Trio in E-flat major ‘Notturno’, the Rautio Trio present three striking and individual works each notable for their use of a nocturne, evoking the quiet night-time and an atmosphere of poetic reflection.
Keeping repertoire alive is a priority for the Rautio Piano Trio as their latest CD, Beethoven, Hiller & Schubert (Resonus), demonstrates. In between fresh, brisk Beethoven (Op 70, No 1 in D major “Ghost”) and eloquent, confident Schubert (Op posth 148, D897 “Notturno”, Adagio) they offer a substantial novelty: the premiere recording of the wonderfully buoyant Piano Trio No 6 in C minor, Op 186, Serenade No 2 (1879) by Ferdinand Hiller (1811-85). Said to be an affable character, this dance-like music smiles right through.
The Rautio Piano Trio played Mozart on period instruments for their Resonus debut (9/16). Here, in a programme of Beethoven, Hiller and Schubert, they employ modern instruments, although these new interpretations display strikingly similar qualities of classical poise, deftness and textural clarity. The Rautio’s approach is a godsend in Ferdinand Hiller’s Sixth Trio (1879) […] Hiller was a significant musical figure in his day, and this premiere recording of the Trio is worth a listen […]
The Rautio’s delicate, easy-flowing performance of Schubert’s Notturno is lovely […] There are delights in Beethoven’s Ghost Trio, too – at the end of the first-movement exposition (starting at 1’13”), for instance, where the players seem to be scurrying nimbly on tiptoe, and in the elegantly effervescent finale.
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