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CHAN 0771 - Haydn: Piano Trios
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Available From: 01 July 2010
Haydn: Piano Trios

Trio Goya plays classical chamber music on period instruments. Formed out of a collective fascination with the new colours and narratives that these instruments suggest, the group concentrates its repertoire on the trios by Haydn and Mozart and the Opus 1 set by Beethoven. A fortepiano by Paul McNulty after Anton Walter, Vienna 1795 is the centrepiece of their performances.

The Trio takes its name from the fact that the working lives of all these composers were encompassed by the lifespan of Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828): his place in the development of painting is comparable to that of Beethoven in music, and the Trio’s chosen repertoire follows the same Enlightenment path, from classical elegance to romantic expression.

The piano trio formed an important part of Haydn’s chamber music output. During the 1790s, when the composer was at the height of his fame, the genre became very fashionable in Paris and London. The 1790s was also the period when Haydn came to England to perform his works at the famous Salomon concerts, for which he wrote his twelve ‘London’ symphonies. Many of Haydn’s greatest works for piano trio – including the pieces on this recording – were written during this period.

The range of colour and imagination displayed by the works on this disc is striking, from the brilliance of the opening movement of the C major Trio, Hob. XV: 27 to the darker-hued colours found in the F sharp minor Trio, Hob. XV: 26. Each of the trios is imbued with the bubbling vitality and classical elegance for which this composer is famous.


“Here then are discerning accounts which ably show how fine and still underrated a composer Haydn is. Close to the sound he’d have expected, they are presented sympathetically without showmanship yet with sensitive and judiciously varied ornamentation in repeats.”
Michael Greenhalgh - Musicweb-international – March 2011

“…The Goya Trio … has an elegant, flexible way of phrasing and understands the refined language of Haydn’s articulation. The rippling tone of fortepianist Maggie Cole’s 1795 Walter instrument-a copy by Paul McNulty-is well captured by Chandos’s engineers. It’s not over miked and its colors sparkle in the ensemble.”
Paul Orgel

Fanfare - November/December 2010

Rita Covre

Musica - October 2010

“Four of Haydn’s marvellous piano trios dating from his second visit to London, are given very satisfying performances by the excellent Trio Goya.” “Very warmly recommended.”
Richard Maunder

Early Music Review - October 2010

"Having re-heard this disc on good earphones, I am inclined to assert that they are possibly the best Haydn piano trio performances on record." - CD Review


“Trio Goya achieve a perfect instrumental balance in sensitive performances.”
David Threasher

Gramophone - September 2010

“Those yet to experience the treasures of Haydn’s piano trios should immerse themselves in this very fine recording. Even avid collectors of the works will find much to surprise and delight them.”
Andrew O’Connor

International Record Review - July/August 2010


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