The trio is able to create tremendous contrasts – the interpretation is characterized by explosive playing followed by elegiac passages expressed in a magical way.

The trio is able to create tremendous contrasts – the interpretation is characterized by explosive playing followed by elegiac passages expressed in a magical way.

PizzicatoRemy Franck

The energy and fervour with which the musicians of Monte Piano Trio ( violinist Francesco Sica, cellist Claude Frochaux and pianist Irina Botan) tackled Shostakovich Trio no 1 op 8 is thrilling. The trio is able to create tremendous contrasts – the interpretation is characterized by explosive playing followed by elegiac passages expressed in a magical way.

The next track features Rachmaninoff`s Trio Elegiaque which displays a noble sound quality and a very emotional rendition, which is followed by the passionate piano quartet by Gustav Mahler, performed together with Daniel Rowland with a lot of energy.

Nadia Boulanger´s 2 Pieces En Trio are, like the other works in this programme an early work, which begins with D´Un Soir Triste which is sad and sinister, but also very cantabile. In contrast the next Track D´un Matin de Printemps is very cheerful and sounds elated in the sparkly and light interpretation of the cohesive and strong Monte Piano Trio

The British composer John Ireland wrote his Fantasy Trio in e minor when he was 27 years old. It is a charming work, sometimes very reflective and full of extraordinary melodic richness.

In their programme of early works by composers from various countries, the very cohesive Monte Piano Trio shows a deep understanding of the music, as well as a well defined characterisation of each piece.