Schumann: Complete Piano Trios
Jesse Mills, violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano
5th April 2019
£18.75 (2 CDs)
The Horszowski Trio debuts on AVIE with the complete piano trios by Robert Schumann, music that the ensemble is as passionate about as the composer’s Romantic works exude. Schumann’s works for piano trio were written within a decade of each other yet represent three distinct periods in the composer’s life, the emotional span of the four works reflected in Schumann’s all-too-short 46-year life span.
Years of friendship have sealed a deep bond between the members of the Horszowski Trio, which in turn has led to performances of exhilarating expressive freedom. Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the award-winning Daedalus Quartet, when they were children at the Vermont-based Kinhaven Music School. Years later they met pianist Rieko Aizawa who was the last student of the trio’s namesake, the late, legendary pianist, Mieczysław Horszowski.
Since their debut in 2011 at New York City’s Rockefeller University, the Horszowski Trio has performed throughout North America, Asia and India. The programmes on the trio’s extensive 2019 touring schedule, which include a Wigmore Hall debut, feature Schumann’s expansive works.
Based in New York City, the Horszowski Trio is Artist-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
critical acclaim for the Horszowski Trio
“impressive, lithe, persuasive” – The New York Times
“the most compelling American group to come on the scene” – The New Yorker
“a highly accomplished group … I long to hear more” – Gramophone
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Trio in D Minor, Op. 63 (30:36)
1. I. Mit Energie und Leidenschaft (12:15)
2. II. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch (4:52)
3. III. Langsam, mit inniger Empfindung (5:41)
4. IV. Mit Feuer (7:48)
Trio in F Major, Op. 80 (26:54)
5. I. Sehr lebhaft (7:33)
6. II. Mit innigem Ausdruck (8:37)
7. III. In mäßiger Bewegung (5:29)
8. IV. Nicht zu rasch (5:15)
Total time CD 1: 57:30
Trio in G Minor, Op. 110 (26:48)
1. I. Bewegt, doch nicht zu rasch (9:28)
2. II. Ziemlich langsam (5:45)
3. III. Rasch (4:19)
4. IV. Kraftig, mit Humor (7:17)
Phantasiestücke, Op. 88 (18:45)
5. I. Romanze Nicht schnell, mit innigem Ausdruck (2:38)
6. II. Humoreske Lebhaft (7:22)
7. III. Duett Langsam und mit Ausdruck (3:16)
8. IV. Finale Im Marsch-Tempo (5:28)
Total time CD 2: 45:33
Produced and engineered by Judith Sherman
Engineering and editing assistant: Jeanne Velonis
Recorded December 6-9, 2017, at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York.
Steinway technician: Michael Talley