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Vienna Piano Trio - Mendelssohn: The Piano Trios (Nimbus)

So what can I say about Felix Mendelssohn that hasn't already been said? Dead at 36, genius composer of piano concertos noted for both their intellectual structure and unchecked passion, this is roller-coaster chaos to die to - screaming and clawing for life all the way down.

The world-famous Vienna Piano Trio (which, by their title, may lead to you think that these are three guys with pianos, but it's actually three guys playing piano, cello, and violin) tackles these pieces with a subtlety and sophistication and ultimate consideration that has seldom been brought to latter-day classical recording. Each individual instrument's voice stands out, yet the trio still plays together, as was meant, and no one takes the spotlight at any time.

by Holly Day.