Editors’ Notes Formed in 2016, Tokyo’s Aoi Trio scored an early major triumph by winning the prestigious ARD International Music Competition two years later. After an album of Haydn and Schubert, they again pair trios by two masters in the genre, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Immediately striking is their perfect judgement of internal balance: Never once does the elegant pianism of Kosuke Akimoto threaten to dominate. Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 1 is beautifully characterised with sparkle and joy, while Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 seethes with its burgeoning Romanticism. A fine album.

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Piano Trio No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1-1
Piano Trio No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1-1: I. Allegro
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Piano Trio No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1-1: II. Adagio cantabile
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Piano Trio No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1-1: III. Scherzo, Allegro assai
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Piano Trio No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1-1: IV. Finale, Presto
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Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66
Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66: I. Allegro energico e con fuoco
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Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66: II. Andante espressivo
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Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66: III. Scherzo
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Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66: IV. Finale
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