, October 2014
The music is highly virtuosic in nature. After all it was composed not only to highlight their prowess as composers, but also as performers. Pietro Morlacchi was one of the leading flautists in the area while Antonio Torriani excelled on the bassoon. Each piece is a feast of operatic themes, which, while I am no great fan of Rossini, Donizetti and early Verdi operas, even I can recognise. These are skilfully woven together to produce music that is charming and highly enjoyable. Works like these were often sanctioned by the original composers of the operas as a means of keeping their music in the public’s mind, or even winning them new admirers. It certainly had me humming along with the music.
Trio Hormus prove that they are more than up to the job, which they do with great virtuosity. What’s more they sound as if they are really enjoying themselves. Their tone is pure… It all sounds quite natural and pleasing. This is a most valuable musical experience, and one which should bring the listener continued enjoyment. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review