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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Although designated Op.1, the six Orchestral Trios appear to be relatively late works (1775-6) and were designated by the composer to be performed optionally either as trios or by a fuller chamber orchestra, as here. They are each in four movements, elegant, simply constructed, with a divertimento-like character, but not trivial. The most striking is No.4 in C minor, which explores a wider range of expressive feeling than its companions, but the Siciliana-like Larghetto of the F major (No.3), followed by a rather striking Minuet and robust finale, also sets that work apart. They are very well played here, polished in ensemble with musical phrasing and good use of light and shade. The recording is very natural. But one cannot pretend this is anything but pleasing wallpaper music, although it must have been rewarding for talented amateurs to play.



Fanfare, August 1996

"The playing is fleet, lively, expressive - altogether first-rate - and the recorded sound is fine. Most warmly recommended."



Early Music Review, April 1996

"Yet again, Naxos have shown the way! The range of their bargain price recordings continues to spread apace"






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