European Fine Arts Trio

Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 1

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As long as there are performers like the European Fine Arts Trio, made up of violinist Tomasz Tomaszewski, cellist Pi-Chin Chien, and pianist François Killian, the endurance of classical music should be secure. In its debut recording, the group brings out all that's good in Beethoven's first and second piano trios. Aside from the players' individual and collective merits -- all are virtuosos and are willing to compromise for the greater good -- the trio is wholly at the service of the music. In Beethoven's two first published works, they bring out the imperishable qualities of sweetness and strength, serenity and energy, exuberance and introspection, and above all, love of life. With refined but muscular ensemble and forceful but never forced interpretations, the trio delivers performances among the finest ever recorded, which Guild preserves in strikingly clear and wonderfully immediate digital sound.

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