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Whatever the strengths of the Trio Metral in Mendelssohn’s dynamic music, they come into their own in the slow movements.

The Andante con molto tranquillo of the First Trio is perfumed and intimate, its exchanges beautifully managed. If the Scherzo is a touch studio- bound, the finale reclaims the drama of the opening. This is a strong modern performance, if not displacing Cortot/Thibaud/Casals.

The Second Trio is less well-known, though there is daunting competition historically from Heifetz/Piatigorsky/Pennario. But the sheer passion of the Metrals’ performance of the opening movement is remarkable, and their slow movement again holds much expression. The Scherzo veers towards the atmosphere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the finale teeters into symphonic territory.

If a similar coupling is required, perhaps Ax/ Perlman/Ma or the Beaux Arts tops the list, but Trio Metral offers much – not least clean, modern sound.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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