Nimbus NI 6219
Lalo, Bruch, and Mendelssohn: Piano Trios – The Petrof Trio
The Petrof Trio originated from an idea of the violinist of the Wihan Quartet, Jan Schulmeister, in 2009. Its members are superb chamber players who bring years of concert experience and also youthful energy to their concert programmes. In the same year that it was formed, the ensemble became the resident trio of the Petrof Company, which wanted to associate its tradition and quality with top-level concert artists. The Trio’s repertoire ranges from the early classical period to impressionism (works by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Lalo, Fauré, Debussy, and others) and also enriches this repertoire with compositions from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
"The Petrof Piano Trio, resident ensemble of the Czech piano company Petrof, was formed in 2009. But its members – violinist Jan Schulmeister, cellist Kamil Zvak and pianist Martina Schulmeisterova – play like old hands (Schulmeister is a long- standing member of the Wihan String Quartet). The main work here is the 20-year-old Mendelssohn’s D minor, the sometimes whirlwind outer movements given with thrust, blend and clarity; the sentiment and lightness of the central movements also nicely characterised. The trio bring a weight to the two other rarely heard trios by young men (Bruch’s written at 19, Lalo’s at 27) that might surprise in works you’re unlikely to have heard."
Michael Dervan - Irish Times