Review: London Piano Trio - Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1, Cotter Nixon Piano Trio No. 1
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Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1, Cotter Nixon Piano Trio No. 1
 Artist: London Piano Trio
 Album: Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1, Cotter Nixon Piano Trio No. 1
 Date of Release: 2012/11/15
 Label: Guild Music
 Cat. No.: GMCD 7392
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 Country of Release: SU, UK
 Genre/s: Classical


 Sub-Genre/s: Chamber Music
 Type: Studio
   Time: 77:17
   Date of Review: 2012/12/14
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   Web Site: http://www.londonpianotrio.com/
   

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Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1, Cotter Nixon Piano Trio No. 1

The illustrious London Piano Trio's Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1, Cotter Nixon Piano Trio No. 1 was released on Guild Music on 15th November. This recording spans two of the most beautiful works in the repertoire. The Mendelssohn justly remains one of the most popular and most often performed and recorded trios, while the Cotter Nixon is a far too long overdue premier recording of this exquisite trio and hopefully might help further dispel the alas all too widespread popular myth that there somehow is a void between Handel and Elgar of any British music of worth. It is a shame that a country with such a rich cultural heritage as Britain should often have so little regard for many of its own artists, whether composers, musicians, painters or whatever. It is nothing less than a national tragedy.

The Cotter Nixon is every jot the Mendelssohn's equal, yet it has taken more than a century since the composer's death for it to be recorded. Kudos to the London Piano Trio, and Guild Music, for at last taking this step. Had Cotter Nixon been, say, German, no doubt we should have seen dozens of recordings already.

Comprising Robert Atchison, violin, Olga Dudnik, piano, and David Jones, cello, the London Piano Trio are without doubt the finest trio it has been my pleasure to ever encounter, and indeed, they are to the trio as the Lindsay were to the string quartet. Perfection, passion, deepest sensitivity and musicality, supreme artistry, empathy that borders on telepathy. The tremendous atmosphere and spirit of their live performance are well captured in this glorious recording.

Both the generally slightly more introvert Mendelssohn and the more extrovert, often exuberant Cotter Nixon are performed with equal deep passion and virtuosic brilliance, informed by the London Piano Trio's deep understanding of the music and their very evident deep love for it. Finer performances and interpretations of either work it would be very hard to imagine.

Although Cotter Nixon was of course influenced by the Germanic school of Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann, which is clearly discernible here, pay particular attention to the Andante's opening melody, a delightful specifically English touch here in that it is a wonderful example of a Victorian Anglican hymn.

This recording became an instant favourite here when I first heard it a number of weeks ago, and it will remain so. It is one of my musical refuges from the madness and frenzy of modern life. Make it one of yours, too - this album is just exquisite.

The London Piano Trio's Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1, Cotter Nixon Piano Trio No. 1 is an absolute must have for any trio connoisseur, as indeed for any chamber music lover. I cannot recommend this album highly enough, to the general classical music aficionado as to anybody.
 

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Track List:

 1. Trio No.1 in D minor for violin, cello and piano, Op.49 - I. Molto allegro agitato Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - 10:13
 2. Trio No.1 in D minor for violin, cello and piano, Op.49 - II. Andante con moto tranquillo Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - 6:27
 3. Trio No.1 in D minor for violin, cello and piano, Op.49 - III. Scherzo leggiero e vivace Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - 3:50
 4. Trio No.1 in D minor for violin, cello and piano, Op.49 - IV. Finale. Allegro assai appassionato Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - 9:06

 5. Trio No.1 in C major for violin, cello and piano - I. Allegro Henry Cotter Nixon (1842-1907) - 10:59
 6. Trio No.1 in C major for violin, cello and piano - II. Andante Henry Cotter Nixon (1842-1907) - 15:45
 7. Trio No.1 in C major for violin, cello and piano - III. Scherzo allegretto Henry Cotter Nixon (1842-1907) - 8:00
 8. Trio No.1 in C major for violin, cello and piano - IV. Allegro vivace Henry Cotter Nixon (1842-1907) - 12:54

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Credits:

London Piano Trio :

Robert Atchison - violin
Olga Dudnik - piano
David Jones - cello


 

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