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David Threasher
Gramophone, January 2012

…it’s clear that there are riches indeed among the trios.

Andrew Keener’s sound…gives each musician plenty of space, allowing a fine balance between the instruments of this notoriously tricky combination. But what matters is the music; and any group that is willing to take it seriously is guaranteed to reap the dividends. Personal favourites in the Gypsy Rondo include Trio Fontenay and the Vienna Piano Trio… The Kungsbackas need fear nothing in comparison. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Oleg Ledeniov
MusicWeb International, December 2011

The musicians of the Kungsbacka piano trio exhibit excellent, deep understanding of the music of Joseph Haydn, the music that above all requires not the virtuosity, not the emotionality, but understanding. The recording is very clear, with a good special definition. The sound is not flat. The three instruments blend perfectly. The selection of the trios on this disc provides enough diversity, so the listening never becomes boring. …this set by the Kungbacka is an excellent and easily affordable entry point. © 2011 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Michael Greenhalgh
MusicWeb International, October 2011

KPT’s consistently pacy approach is only sometimes successful yet they give always good and sometimes very good performances recorded with vivid immediacy.



James Manheim
Allmusic.com, October 2011

Sweden’s Kungsbacka Piano Trio has made solid recordings of Mozart’s chamber music, and they clearly have a feel for how to bring out the unusual qualities of a Classical-era composition without going beyond the boundaries of the style. There’s the right level of mystery in the Kungsbacka’s playing here, and the right level of lyricism in the very Schubertian opening melody of the Piano Trio in F sharp minor, Hob. 25/26. There’s a lot to like in their playing here…



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2011

Haydn’s marriage could not be described as wholly successful, and during his stay in London in the early 1790’s he enjoyed a relationship that resulted in three Piano Trios. The lady in question was already forty years old, and, having enjoyed a privileged childhood, was the widow of a German music teacher. She must have made a pleasing intellectual companion for Haydn, happiness pervading the whole concept of the trios that he dedicated to her. They were completed in 1795, at which time he had to return to Vienna to comply with his employment by the Esterházy family. In total he wrote some thirty works in this genre as he developed the format from the title ‘Sonata’. Those works were for keyboard with a part for violin or cello, and even for much of these three scores the strings simply dance around or underpin the piano’s thematic material. In three movements they were quite short in length, Haydn so happy that even slow central movements carry a musical smile, while the final Rondo of the Twenty-fifth is one of his best-known melodies. The Thirty-first dates from his return to Austria, but still finds Haydn in an affable mood. The Kungsbacka Trio are, despite its name, of UK origin and came to international acclaim following their success in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. They are ideally cast in this music, the light and airy quality of the strings providing perfect partners for the immaculate playing of pianist, Simon Crawford Phillips. One would fervently hope that they are asked to complete a Haydn cycle for Naxos as it could well be the definitive version. The recording quality is superb.






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