Beethoven: Piano Trios No 2 & 5 / Storioni Trio

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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Named for violinist Wouter Vossen’s 1794 Laorentius Storioni violin and founded in 1995, the Storioni Trio seems to be making its international recorded debut with this outstanding Beethoven coupling. To say that these performances impress more for their refinement than their intensity is not to imply that the playing is in any way underpowered or underinterpreted; the musicians simply aren’t obsessed with the extreme emotional tension that can be found among the likes of the highly admirable Beaux Arts and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trios. Consider merely the first movement of the early but by no means daintily Classical second trio. With unfailingly warm tone, the musicians make the contrast between the Adagio introduction and the faster main section matter through characterful playing rather than extreme tempo changes or big rhetorical gestures. There’s a wonderful lightness and cheer in play through much of this disc, and while, for example, the finale of the second trio benefits from the group’s precision and energy, such qualities never seem mechanical or forced.

All this holds true for the more popular “Ghost” Trio. Here, especially, pianist Bart van de Roer calls Joseph Kalichstein to mind insofar as he expertly puts his part across without letting Beethoven goad him into bullying his partners. Later, the musicians bring weight to the slow movement without putting a drag on the performance. This is a most impressive calling card for the Storioni Trio.

PentaTone’s sonics, as usual, are absolutely free of distortion, constriction, or glare in any format, but they are especially true-to-life in the 5.0 SACD layer.

James Reel, FANFARE


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: PTC5186071


  • UPC: 827949007163


  • Label: Pentatone


  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Storioni Trio Amsterdam