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Haydn’s late piano trios are still too little known, despite being (to quote HC Robbins Landon) ‘a brilliant, witty and touching farewell’ to the genre that inspired him ‘to paint with his most adventurous brush’. I am not sure the Kungsbacka Piano Trio fully embraces this spirit of adventure: as on its previous Haydn disc (of trios 24-26 and 31), the performances are inclined to be efficient, tasteful and polished, whereas I was hoping for brilliant, witty and touching. If only the trio had imparted more zing into the playing of No 27’s sparkling outer movements, or been less discreet in its readings of No 28’s strange Allegretto and No 29’s startling Andantino ed innocentemente. Haydn’s last fling with the piano trio really is an adventure, more brilliant and bizarre than what comes across here.

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