Haydn: Piano Trios Nos. 14/ 21-23 (Kungsbacka Trio) (Naxos: 8.572063)
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long-term employment as Kapellmeister at the palace of Eszterhaza in Hungary is reflected in the dedication of his set of three Trios, Hob. XV-21-23
to Princess Marie Ermenegild Esterhazy, though these were published in London during the second of Haydn's visits. These delightful works are notable for the dexterity required of the pianist, and all, including the Trio No. 14
, involve lively and innovative use of tonality. Previous volumes in this series have been acclaimed for their "taste and stylistic insight"
. (Daily Telegraph
on Volume 1, 8.572040)The Kungsbacka Trio
takes its name from the Swedish town in which it gave its first performance and where it has established an annual festival. Winner of First Prize in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, it has since appeared at numerous festivals and venues throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.