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Florestan Trio reviews

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 January 2012 under Florestan Trio, Reviews  •  3 Comments

Here are a couple of reviews of  the Florestan Trio’s Beethoven trio concerts in the Wigmore Hall this week. The series came to a memorable close on 13 January with a standing ovation from the Wigmore audience. The Independent five-star review of the first concert The Guardian review of the first concert The Guardian five-star review of the second concert I was hoping […]

Exit, pursued by a waiter

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 January 2012 under Daily Life, Florestan Trio  •  Leave a comment

On the day after the first of the Florestan Trio’s Beethoven Cycle concerts in the Wigmore Hall on Friday, a kind member of the audience invited me to lunch in Le Caprice, a lovely restaurant to which I had never been before. The bread basket on our table contained a a very superior freshly-baked carrot […]

‘Best modern recording of Schumann’s D minor Trio’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 December 2011 under Florestan Trio, Reviews  •  5 Comments

Yesterday Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’ feature on CD Review focused on Schumann’s first piano trio, in D minor opus 63. Erica Jeal’s overall recommendation was for a 1958 recording of Emil Gilels, Msistlav Rostropovich and Leonid Kogan, and her choice for the best modern recording was the Florestan Trio. Schumann’s first trio was a […]

Off to the Florestan Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 June 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I’m off to the Florestan Festival in East Sussex today. I always enjoy imagining people setting off towards Peasmarsh from many different compass points. Most of our rehearsals have happened to the accompaniment of pouring rain, so we can only hope the spell of wet weather is almost over. The festival takes place in a […]

Shostakovich CD just out

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 May 2011 under Concerts, Florestan Trio, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

I read last week of the death of ex-Sony chief Norio Ohga, the ‘father of the CD’. When Sony launched the CD format in 1982, Mr Ohga insisted that a disc must be long enough to contain his favourite piece, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This determined the 75-minute length of the new CD format. I vividly […]