The Leonore Piano Trio ‘evoke the rainbow colours’ in Taneyev & Rimsky-Korsakov disc

1 February 2017

On 27 January 2017, the Leonore Piano Trio released their third disc for Hyperion featuring piano trios by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Sergei Taneyev. Relatively unknown and previously unrecorded by Hyperion, these works are superbly performed and highlight the trio’s intelligence and flair. The disc has been receiving high praise from the critics:

“The Leonore Piano Trio – Benjamin Nabarro (violin); Gemma Rosefield (cello) and Tim Horton (piano) are fine interpreters; Nabarro and Rosefield’s duet in the penultimate movement [of the Taneyev] is noteworthy. […] [For the Rimsky-Korsakov,] the Leonore Piano Trio evoke the rainbow colours and myriad shapes, moving quickly from dark and expansive (first movement) to slithers of iridescence (second movement). Horton brings an uneasy sense of trepidation to the third movement, foreshadowing the bittersweet piano solo in the finale. The balance of instruments is excellent throughout.”
Claire Jackson, BBC Music Magazine ****

‘Taneyev, more astute than Tchaikovsky was in finding a balance between the piano and the two string instruments, is also far more resourceful in tonal colouring, in contrapuntal knitting and pitting of parts and in the general sense of creative momentum and coherence. These are qualities that the Leonore harness to terrific effect [...]’
Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone

‘With the British Leonore Piano Trio, [the music] is all about naturalness and spontaneity, partly driven by the driving force of the expressive pianist Tim Horton. [...] The kaleidoscopic mood swings are particularly hard-hitting [...] Intense, and concentrated, [...] the technical finish is flawless.’
Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek

To listen to several excerpts from the recording and an interview with pianist Tim Horton, please click here.

For more information, please visit Hyperion’s website.

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