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The Scotsman 9/04/2016
“The idea of a recording series centred on Schumann’s piano trios, and combining them respectively with contextual Schumann concertos, isn’t the only refreshing aspect of a series whose latest release partners the Piano Trio No 1, Op 63 with the Cello Concerto, Op 129. For the collaboration – with piano trio Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) and Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano) – also includes the svelte precision of the gut-strung Freiburger Barockorchester under Pablo Heras-Casado. This brings a vivid immediacy to the Cello Concerto, the unforced robustness of Queyras’ solo playing completely in tune with the orchestra’s visceral rawness. It takes a bit of getting used to, but ultimately draws out all that is manful and emotionally direct in the music. Where opulence is called for Faust, Queyras and Melnikov provide it in spades. This is a golden rich performance, with highly inventive textures, that avoids slipping into sentimentality.

Ken Walton – The Scotsman, 9th April