20 Feb 2022
Trio con Brio Copenhagen wins the German Record Critics’ Award
Trio con Brio Copenhagen’s latest Orchid Classics album wins the German Record Critics’ Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik).
It was singled out among other winning titles including the Berlin Philharmonic, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Quatuor Ebène and Antoine Tamestit.
The 155-member jury overseeing the Award compiled a long list of 294 albums selected among the new releases of the last quarter of year; out of this pool, 31 albums have been granted the prestigious award.
“Heavy marble chords burst, and velvet melodies spread warmth in the pitch-black night. Melancholy weighs heavily on Arenski’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, but the Trio con Brio Copenhagen pierces it with a streamlined elegance,” wrote music journalist Thilo Braun for the jury on the trio’s album.
“On the other hand, emotional chaos reigns in Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor: does this lightness want to make you laugh? Or is it already madness, raging in the forward-rushing virtuosity? It’s the ambiguity that makes this record shine so bright,” Braun concluded.