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Repertoire: Complete works for piano trio
Artists: Leif Ove Andsnes (pf), Christian Tetzlaff (vln), Tanja Tetzlaff (vlc)
Label: EMI Classics 094 1802
The Music: Schumann did not turn to the piano trio until relatively late in his too-short life.
The Performance: These three musicians know each other well – Christian Tetzlaff and Leif Ove Andsnes are frequent and well-matched chamber music partners, and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff is Christian’s sister. Perhaps the excellent Tanja’s sympathetic playing suffers ever so slightly in the shadow of her star soloist brother, whose strong personality and unmistakeable sound – plangent, witty and often lightly ironic – can seem quite dominant. But Andsnes’s sparkling, solid and good-natured pianism is the ideal foil and on the whole the three play as if with one mind. In their hands Schumann emerges as blazingly inspired.
The Verdict: Two discs of well-judged, full-blooded chamber music playing that dust off Schumann’s underrated trios and prove that they really are masterpieces.
Want More? Christian Tetzlaff and Andsnes play Bartók’s astonishing violin sonatas (Virgin, 545 6682).
Why You’ll Love This
The recording brings us the best of everything: the chance to explore less familiar repertoire with artists at the top of their game.