Trio con Brio Copenhagen

01 Sep 2019 | The Strad | by Peter Quantrill

Trio con Brio Copenhagen: Beethoven

Recorded as if from above, with each member accorded their own space, Trio con Brio Copenhagen captures Beethoven as a Romantic in the making from the first bars of op.1 no.3. Its string-playing sisters deploy some discreet portamento and finely graded vibrato without recourse to the exaggeration that occasionally mars the more storied Faust/Queyras/Melnikov recordings on Harmonia Mundi. The expansive first movement gathers intensity during its development section and puts on the armour of light that would be worn to such revolutionary effect five years later in the First Symphony. I like the minuet’s teasing accents and Jens Elvekjaer’s pearly right-hand flourishes – he’s playing a modern grand, but you could confuse it for a drawing-room fortepiano in the Mendelssohnian trio. The finale fairly leaps out of the blocks: here is the sound of the 18th century straining at the seams.

Considered purely as trio playing, the ‘Archduke’ enjoys no less sophisticated, stylistically up-to-date execution: there is no obvious leader in an ensemble of such alert and creative musicians. I miss, however, a sense of the work’s scale, notwithstanding generous tempos in the first three movements which climax in a deeply felt Andante cantabile. Here, perhaps, the recording keeps us at arm’s length, emphasising the Trio’s care over beautifully finished details of texture rather than taking in broader horizons. For those, turn to Oistrakh and friends – but for Beethoven con brio, look no further.

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(Photo Nikolaj Lund)

19 Aug 2019 | Kristeligt Dagblad | by Peter Dürrfeld

The ideal upbeat to the Beethoven Year


… Trio con Brio Copenhagen confirms their world class to the fullest with this recording, and I cannot imagine a better upbeat to the Beethoven Year 2020…

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16 Aug 2019 | Klassik Heute | by Stefan Pieper

CD Discussion – Beethoven Piano Trios Vol. III

Artistic quality 10 out of 10
Sound quality 10 out of 10
Overall impression 10 out of 10

… Eine exzeptionelle Klangkultur von hohem Wiedererkennungswert gepaart mit vorbildlicher Kreativität bei der Vermittlung … Man kann diese Einspielung durch all dies, aber ebenso durch die hervorragende, luftig transparente Aufnahmequalität ohne weiteres als Referenz betrachten!

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14 Jul 2019 | El País | by Luis Gago

Trío con Brio

… Since they played masterfully the last movement of the Trio op. 15 of Smetana in the inaugural concert left an unbeatable impression, corroborated in the conceptually very difficult Trio op. 70 no. 1 of Beethoven…everything they play is at the highest technical and expressive level…

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18 May 2018 | Magasinet Klassisk | by Per Rask Madsen

Inteview – 20 years with Beethoven under the skin

Magasinet Klassisk brings a major 8-pages feature about Trio con Brio Copenhagen. The article features the trio’s 20 Year Anniversary, the recording of complete piano trios by Beethoven and much more!

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31 Jul 2017 | The Boston Musical Intelligencer | by Leslie Gerber

Trio Molto con Brio

…I’ve heard a number of prominent trios perform this music (Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2, in E Minor, Op. 67), and I treasure the two recordings with the composer at the piano. I’ve never heard this music played with more power and conviction… By the end of this piece the violinist was in tears and I wasn’t far behind her.

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(Photo Soeren Svendsen)