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An A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire: “G” Composers
by David Barker

Discography & Review Index: "G" Survey Index

 For me, Niels Gade (1817-1890, Denmark) is one of those “nearly” composers, whose music lacks that final spark which would take it from enjoyable to memorable. So it is with his trios: one full scale work (in F, from 1863), a fragment (B flat, 1839) and the Novelletten (1853), not be confused with his two sets of orchestral works by the same name.

You have plenty of choice with the completed Trio, written in 1863 and in Gade’s Schumannesque period, though some of them will be difficult to obtain. You get all the works, completed and otherwise, with Trio Parnassus (review). I haven’t heard their version, but our reviewer was fairly positive, though not keen on the sound. I reviewed the CPO recording by Ensemble MidtVest – on the first volume of a planned complete chamber works series – and while the performance is fine, the sound is uncomfortably resonant, even more so on re-listening for this survey. Equally mediocre sound compromises the Göbel Trio Berlin’s version on SWR Music, and the performance is not especially winning either. The Tre Musici (ClassicO) recording is a couple of decades old, and the performances sound very old school. The best performance and recording I have heard is by the Danish Piano Trio on Dacapo (review). It is a little slower than the competition, but there is so much life in the performance that it seems quicker. It may well be that the couplings make your mind up. For me, the Dacapo wins here as well, as you get the early fragment, plus two other obscure Danish trios.

The Trio movement predates Gade's discovery of Mendelssohn, and reminds me more of Beethoven and Schubert, but lacks the drama of the former and the melting lyricism of the latter. It was the first movement of an intended trio which never proceeded any further. Again the Danish Trio gives the best performance I’ve heard, far superior to Ensemble Midtvest, who are too slow (review) and Tre Musici (Dacapo) who over-Romanticise it.

While you might surmise from the title that the Novelletten are programmatic in nature, the five movements have only tempos as their titles. They are pleasant, but nothing more. Göbel Trio Berlin have been given a better recording than for the Trio, though I find the violin rather screechy. They take more than a minute less than Trio Parnassus, which I suspect is a good thing.

Constantino Gaito (1878-1945, Argentina) was not a name that I was familiar with before the release of some of his chamber music on CPO a few years ago. Don’t expect Piazzolla tango here: this 1917 trio is firmly European in style, very much of the previous century, and at the lighter end of the spectrum, especially in the outer movements. It is nevertheless well crafted and worth a listen.

Hans Gál (1890-1987, Austria/Britain) has garnered significant attention in the last few years, particularly thanks to the Avie label, which has recorded all of his symphonies, many of his orchestral works and some chamber music. At the time of writing, this project has not extended to his three works for trio.

There are only two recordings that include these works, and the one with all three – from the Japanese label Camerata – would seem to be available only through iTunes and some streaming services. The early Variations on a Popular Viennese Tune is very much a salon piece, in contrast to the first trio, at over half an hour, a much more serious endeavour, perhaps a little too much so. It is unusually structured with the outer movements being slow, and this predominant tempo does make it a little hard-going at times. The second trio is slight in comparison at just over ten minutes, but is far better work for it with greater variety. Its mood is smiling and sunny, despite it being written after his escape from Austria in 1938, and subsequent detention in a British internment camp. It has a second (and better) recording, on Gramola, coupled fascinatingly with works by Goldmark (see below) and Zemlinsky. I suggest that you should have this recording in your collection.

Stacy Garrop (b.1969, USA) is one of the most prominent American composers currently working. She has written two works for the Lincoln Trio, Seven (1998) and Silver Dagger (2009). The former, apparently a tribute to Garrop’s late father though it certainly doesn’t sound that way, is full of “sound effects” and dissonance. Our reviewer thought it basically audience-friendly, but the majority of audiences I have been part of would have struggled with it. The latter is more approachable (review), based as it is on an Appalachian folksong, but it retains a modernist edge.

The music of Steven Gerber (1948-2015) evolved over time, in common with a number of composers of his generation, starting out in a modernist style, but gradually moving towards a more approachable one. His three works for this genre - the Piano Trio (1968), Notturno (1996) and Folksong Transformations (2001) - certainly exhibit this change. They appear on a disc of his chamber music as part of the Naxos American Classics series. Our reviewer felt that the early work was full of other influences which hadn’t been fully “digested” by Gerber, and was trying too hard to be modern. By the time we get to the all too brief Folksong work, the word 'melody' no longer seems to be a dirty word.

Whereas composers such as Gerber turned away from atonal music, some of those writing earlier in the century went in the opposite direction. Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970, Spain/Britain) was one such composer. His trio was written in 1918, before his style change, and is very French in sound: think Ravel and Fauré. If you don’t know it and like music of that era and type, you should make its acquaintance. It may not be the composer’s mature voice, but it is tuneful, quite wistful and serene and a fine way to spend 25 minutes.

This work is frequently referred to Trio No. 1, implying there is a No. 2. One source suggests that the second trio is for clarinet, piano and violin, but I believe this is a brief single movement titled Andantino. The Wikipedia works list suggests that there is another trio - in B flat major - also written in 1918, but I can find no other reference it, and certainly no recording. The Roberto Gerhard website doesn’t seem to have a works list.

With regard to recordings, there are plenty of options, with the couplings falling into one of two categories: either other chamber music by Gerhard or other Spanish trios, such as those by Cassadó, Granados and Montsalvatge. The former means you get works from both sides of his output, which may not be to your liking. I have been able to listen to seven of the eight recordings; the RTVE Music disc seems to be no longer available. There is a clearly superior performance, that by the LOM Piano Trio on La Ma De Guido. It is strongly characterised, which is important in a work that is dominated by slow tempos. Having the beautiful Granados trio as coupling is no bad thing either. Both our reviewers were fairly happy with Trio Arriaga on Naxos (review ~ review), though at 53 minutes, there was surely space for another work. I felt that the performances lack a little in the way of colour, especially in comparison with the LOM trio. The Kandinsky Trio have recorded the work twice, with different labels, the Anacrusi CD offering the same couplings as the Naxos, plus Cassadó’s arrangement of the Intermezzo from Granados’ Goyescas, though at only five minutes, that is hardly a disc filler. The later Kandinsky recording with Columna Mùsica is a little slower and overly Romanticised, and the couplings are possibly less interesting. The three other recordings have the other Gerhard chamber music, each including the cello sonata from 1956, which is a transcription by Gerhard of his 1948 viola sonata. I can’t say that any of those three performances greatly enthuses me. Both Cantamen (Metier) and Trio Gerhard (La Ma de Guido) adopt sluggish tempos, while Barcelona 216 (Stradivarius) are lifeless both in performance and acoustic. I think you would have to be very keen on all of Gerhard’s music to choose one of these three.

The two trios of Friedrich Gernsheim (1839-1916, Germany) are richly romantic Brahmsian works, written in the 1870s. There is but a single recording of the two: the Arensky Trio on Antes Edition. Alas, this seems to be no longer available as a physical CD, but you can stream it from various sources or buy it through iTunes. Our reviewer definitely took to it: “strong and impressive” were his words, and he described the performances as “engaging”. I certainly like the music, but feel that the Arensky Trio doesn’t do it full justice. The CPO label has been doing its bit for Gernsheim, with his symphonies, violin concerto and piano quintets among releases in recent years. I hope that they will find their way to his trios soon.

I didn’t warm to the Ricercari of Giorgio Ghedini (1892-1965, Italy), seven short movements in a Neo-Classical style, written in the 1940s. Their brittle and bleak nature, regardless of tempo, are perhaps understandable, given the period in which they were written.

The same can’t be said of the dance-inspired works of Luis Gianneo (1897-1968, Argentina). Our reviewer was impressed by them, describing them as having “genuine substance”, particularly the Segundo Trio from 1943; the first is apparently lost. Be aware, however, that this is not overflowing with glorious melodies in the manner of his countryman, Piazzolla; there is more than a little acidity interspersed among the dance rhythms. The two Danzas Argentinas are enjoyable, but slight.

Vittorio Giannini (1903-1966, USA) wrote unapologetically Romantic works well into the twentieth century. His 1930s trio is likened to Dvorak by our reviewer, which I feel is being very generous. Each of the three eight minute-plus movements could perhaps have done with some pruning, as they seem to run out of steam. I was hoping for more from this work, based on the review and the composer's general style, so you may have more luck.

Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960, Britain) wrote widely across all genres, and we have four works for piano trio, one bearing that name, the others more programmatic: Yorkshire Dales, Three Graces and Country Magic. They are all essentially miniatures, even the Trio at a little over 15 minutes, and sweet in the best English pastoral tradition. Our reviewer used adjectives such as “euphoric”, “passionate”, “affectionate” and “meditative”, and that should give a good sense of the style. There is only one recording, well-played but is short measure at under 45 minutes, disappointing given that Gibbs wrote a number of works for violin and piano.

One miniature called Sienna is all we have from Ola Gjeilo (b.1978, Norway), better known for his choral works. It is tuneful, but rather simplistic, and in common with the works for solo piano that make up the rest of the album, more akin to cocktail bar “noodling”.

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857, Russia) originally wrote his 1832 Trio Pathétique for piano, clarinet and bassoon, but an arrangement by Johann Hrimaldy for our combination has proven so successful that it has as many recordings as the original, which is why I have included it here. There are also some recordings with cello replacing bassoon. I have seen it suggested that Schubert, and especially the Trout Quintet, is an influence, though I wouldn’t have thought Glinka would necessarily have even been aware of the Viennese composer’s existence. Perhaps it is best to say that the style is reminiscent of Schubert.

The Oistrakh (Brilliant Classics) and Borodin (Chandos) Trios are the big name ensembles to have recorded this. I haven’t heard the former, but our reviewer described them as “elite, of invincible musicality, dynamic, imaginative”. In typical fashion, the Borodins adopt stately tempos, which for me don’t suit the lightness of this piece at all. At almost 18 minutes, they are much slower than all other versions, which range from 14:18 to 16:55. The Moscow Piano Trio (Hyperion) are given a good review, but their Tchaikovsky coupling is not regarded well at all. Our reviewer was not impressed by the Moscow Trio (Brilliant) considering that they pushed the work too hard. The Premier Trio Moscow (ClassicO) have a very cavernous and unflattering acoustic. Of the others, the only one that seems a non-starter is the Eastman Trio (Vox), which is quite anonymous and not well recorded. This leaves the Turnovsky (Morrison Trust), Hamburg (Dux) and Romantic (Russian CD) trios as possible choices, along with the Moscow and Oistrakh.

Note that three of the ensembles that have recorded this piece have the words 'Moscow' and 'Trio' in their name, but they are all different. Three of the options are only in multi-CD sets (Oistrakh/Brilliant, Moscow/Brilliant, Eastman/Vox) which may not be desirable.

Benjamin Godard (1849-1895, France) has received a modicum of attention from record companies recently, with his symphonies, songs and string quartets appearing of late. His trios, written in 1880 and 1884, were recorded in 2010 by Trio Parnassus (review) and our reviewer was enthusiastic about the first trio particularly, describing it as “adeptly crafted”. He found the second trio to be “less imaginative, though equally attractive”. I had the opposite reaction, finding No. 2 to be very fine, but each is certainly worth your attention. I have had occasion previously in this survey to suggest that Trio Parnassus were to be valued more for their willingness to record forgotten works than their performances, but I cannot fault them here. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t like a competing version to come along – Trio Wanderer perhaps – but until that happens, we do have a very fine recording to enjoy.

I would have normally put the trio of Alexander Goehr (b.1932, Britain) in the too-hard basket at the end of the survey, but its single recording has been reviewed here, so I will quote our reviewer: “keyboard writing that evinces Goehr’s debt to Messiaen and Loriod … amongst the most human and affecting of dissonant works”.

Like a number of other composers, such as Beethoven, the short-lived Hermann Goetz (1840-1876, Germany) has a trio as his opus 1, written in 1863. One of the benefits of carrying out this survey (for me personally) has been to uncover hidden gems, and the Goetz is one such, or at least half of it is. The first two movements are exceptional, but the inspiration lags in the Scherzo, and fails entirely in the main recurring theme in the fugal finale. Goetz was a friend of Brahms, and his trio has something of the Classical influences often ascribed to his much more famous colleague, though much less passionate than the Brahms trios. Given Goetz’s limited stature, four recordings is pretty good going, though the most recent was in 2000. Despite the age of the recordings, three are still available, though the Tacet may be rather hard to obtain: I obtained a copy from a site called Elusive Disc and I see they no longer have it. As so often, the couplings may be what decides you between the alternatives. Your choice is between the rest of Goetz’s chamber music for piano (CPO) or a work for trio by another, equally obscure, composer (Kiel/Tacet or Kirchner/Hungaroton). Of the three performances, the Abegg Trio (Tacet) is a couple of minutes slower overall, and while this works to their advantage in the slow second movement, it is not a positive in the finale. The Göbel Trio Berlin (CPO) is probably the best performance, but the Hungaroton trio is much better than usual in my experience of this label, and likewise the recording is well above average.

Alexander Goldenweiser (1875-1961, Russia) was better known as a teacher and pianist than a composer. His trio, from 1950 and written in memory of his close friend Rachmaninov, pays homage to the trio of Tchaikovsky in its two movement structure; the first an extended elegy, the second a set of variations. The Elegia is quite beautifully if simply written, and totally anachronistic for its period. The variations are less inspired, but this is still a very fine unsung trio that you should take the trouble to track down. There is an old recording with the composer with Kogan and Rostropovich, and a brand new one, at time of writing, from Genuin. The former is available through iTunes and Spotify, and obviously is the horse’s mouth version, together with real star quality. It is, however, tracked very strangely, being in seven parts, none of which seem to correspond to the actual movements. The new recording may not have the star performers, but it is intelligently coupled with both its musical inspiration – the Tchaikovsky trio – and its emotional tie – Rachmaninov’s second Trio Élégiaque, and is well played and well recorded.

Karl Goldmark (1830-1915, Hungary/Austria) is best known for his Rustic Wedding symphony. His two trios, from 1859 and 1880, are quite a contrast, the first sunny and amiable, the second, much darker and serious. They both have their virtues, but the later work, written when Goldmark was being fêted in Vienna, is undoubtedly the better, and one that deserves more than the three recordings it has. If you want both trios, then the Mendelssohn Trio (Centaur) is a better option by far than the Bartos Trio (Hungaroton) who are rather ponderous. The best performance, but only of the second trio, is the group led by Evgenui Sinaiski on Gramola (review), also mentioned above in the section on Hans Gál.

The Trio No. 1 of David Golightly (b.1948, Britain) doesn’t have a true commercial recording, but a recording of a live performance is available for purchase from the composer, together with the score. Since he took the trouble to send it to me, I couldn’t possibly not mention it here. It has a bittersweet tang to it; I have seen a reference to Shostakovich, which is not inapt but does raise expectations of quality a little higher than is fair.

There is no mistaking the Spanish origins of the 1954 trio by Gerardo Gombau (1906-1971, Spain). While generally tonal and tuneful, its melodies are tempered with 20th century acidity. Its only recording is coupled with two other interesting and rare Spanish works, making this release a very interesting one.

Emile Goué (1904-1946, France) would be an almost invisible presence in the catalogue were it not for the rather hard to obtain Azur Classical label, who have released four CDs dedicated to his compositions, three of chamber music. There is no doubting the French nature of his single trio, written in 1933, though certainly it does sound more from the end of the previous century than twenty years after Rite of Spring. It predates his lessons with Koechlin which apparently brought his style into the twentieth century: the late quintet, on the same disc as the trio and written while he was a POW, is distinctly modernist. The trio, however, shows the influence of Cesar Franck in its structure, though the melodies and harmonic patterns are more that of the French fin de siècle.

Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898, France) wrote five trios, but strangely while numbers 2, 3 & 4 are available in competing versions, 1 & 5 have missed the boat entirely. I don’t believe that they are lost – the score for No. 1 is available at IMSLP, after all - so their absence from the catalogue is mystifying. Gouvy’s style is typical of its era: somewhere in the vicinity of Mendelssohn and Schumann, but with sufficient difference to give it its own character. Somewhat surprisingly, the works become progressively lighter, less profound and less enjoyable in order of composition.

Our reviewer was very impressed with Voces Intimae on Challenge who give us all three, and I have to agree. You may have already gathered that the fortepiano doesn’t rank among my favourite instruments, but the instrument they use has a full, rich sound. That said, I’m not convinced that works written in the middle of the nineteenth century, contemporaneous with those of Schumann, necessarily justify the use of the older instrument, nor string instruments from previous centuries. Nevertheless, this isn’t music with grand Romantic passions, and therefore the lighter sounding instruments do not detract, and there is no question that the performances are very good.

The other recordings use modern instruments. The Munich Piano Trio give us Trios 2 & 3 on Orfeo and certainly imbue the music with a more Romantic and serious feel. Is that better or worse than Voces? It is neither, just different. I am very impressed by the K617 recording of Trio 2, in spirit closer to Voces Intimae. If you are a trio maven, then their coupling of a string quintet may not be an incentive to purchase, but I found it to be of equal quality to the trio.

Trio 4, the least impressive of the three by some distance, is available in two other recordings. One is part of a deluxe 3-CD production by Ediciones Singulares, complete with a hundred-plus page hardcover book, coupled with vocal and orchestral works. You will therefore need to be very keen on Gouvy, and there are good reasons to feel so, to purchase this. The performance by Trio Arcadis makes the best case of all for this weak work. The other recording is the only unimpressive performance of any of the Gouvy trios. From 2002 on a little known label (La Follia Madrigal), Trio Werther do not make a good case for the work. The string tone is abrasive, the rhythms too choppy. As a footnote from Part 1 of this survey, since I didn’t know of this recording at that point, the Godard coupling is no better.

The three works for trio by Paul Graener (1872-1944, Germany/Britain) were all written in the early twentieth century, and our reviewer found a good deal to praise in them. The earliest - the Suite - is genial and Schubertian, well stocked with good melodies and interesting rhythms. Its mood reflects a happier time in Graener’s mostly tragic life: his first son would die later in the same year as this work. The Poem, written two years later is a much darker work, but again well crafted, though in excess of twenty minutes in a single movement is probably taking its material a little far. The Piano Trio (1922) has elements of the French fin de siècle, though with some Germanic angst thrown in. Here there is no sense that the music outstays its welcome. Re-visiting these works after a few years, I have found a great deal to enjoy in them, more so than on first listen. Rounding out the CD is a song-cycle for trio and baritone.

It may sound like an exaggeration to say that the first few pages of the Enrique Granados (1867-1916, Spain) trio (1895) are as beautiful as any in the repertoire, but that is how I feel each time I hear the deceptively simple and remarkably modern piano theme. This is a work that deserves more than the eight recordings it has garnered. Only the rather banal salonesque final movement prevents it from being classified as a minor masterpiece. Could I say that it is three-quarters of one, perhaps? This is by some way, in an admittedly weak field, the best “G” trio, and if you don’t know it, please redress that as soon as possible.

Of the recordings, I have been able to hear all but the CPO and Analekta, and have reviewed two: Trio Rodin (Aevea - review) and LOM Trio (Naxos - review) on these pages. The former is my pick of all the versions that I have heard. It has a warmth and depth of characterisation that most of the others lack. You also get a well-filled disc of other Granados chamber goodies. The Naxos performance, the second by the LOM trio, is quite good, and has the very fine quintet as coupling, but at only 45 minutes, the disc is seriously underfilled. The earlier LOM Trio recording (La Ma De Guido) is perhaps not as good, but has what I have already rated as the best Gerhard performance as a discmate. The elegance of this work would seem a perfect match for the great Beaux Arts Trio, and that is indeed the case. Alas, the single CD is no longer available (though ArkivMusic will do a CD-R special order), and even so, I think that Trio Rodin is still better. Avoid the Gotham Trio (Orion) who have given the work a neo-Classical makeover – perhaps to blend with the Klein and Martinů discmates - creating a complete absence of any warmth or expression.

Heard of Edwin Grasse (1884-1954, USA)? I certainly hadn’t, and nor have many record labels either, though a few notable violinists – Jascha Heifetz and Joshua Bell – have recorded his violin and piano piece, Wellenspiel. The second trio is the only one recorded, and is certainly pleasant enough, but the simple ingredients from which it is constructed are not sufficient to maintain interest in its almost thirty minutes duration.

Alexander Grechaninov (1864-1956, Russia) is a somewhat under-appreciated composer, whose works have been well supported by Chandos particularly, who have recorded his five symphonies, various choral works and the two piano trios. Grechaninov lived the last thirty years of his life in Paris and the US, and these two works are separated by his move away from Russia. The first, from 1906, is dedicated to his teacher Sergei Taneyev, and influenced by his idol, Tchaikovsky. It is very dramatic, perhaps a little much for its own good, and unfortunately, has melodies rather more akin to those of the former than the latter. The second was written in Paris in 1930 or California in 1931, depending on which source you read. Either way, it is somewhat lighter in mood and less obviously Russian. It is also significantly shorter, which is probably a good thing, but still not blessed with much in the way of memorable melodies. I feel that chamber music was not his forte – the symphonies and choral works are definitely better.

There are three recordings of each work, in each case paired with one another. With the Bekova Sisters (Chandos) and the Marco Polo ensemble, the fifty or so minutes is all you get for your money. This probably makes the Moscow Piano Trio (Hyperion) better value as they throw in the cello sonata to help fill the disc. There is also a significant difference in tempos, especially in the first trio. The Moscow trio takes 27 minutes, while the Marco Polo group comes in at a little over 32, and the Bekovas well over 33. The music is not sufficiently deep or interesting enough to support such broad tempi, so I think the Hyperion release, especially as a budget Helios release, is the best option.

Arthur de Greef (1862-1940, Belgium) was a pupil of Liszt, and better known as a pianist. His trio, written in 1935, belongs very much to the previous century (review ~ review). It is not endowed with memorable themes or interesting rhythms. Both our reviewers commented on the close miking, and I found the violinist’s tone to be rather shrill. However, there is only one recording, so if you want to hear this, you will need to put the sound problems to one side.

Our reviewer absolutely loved the 1998 trio of Olivier Greif (1950-2000, France) (review). Too sharp and acidulous for me, you will have to make your own mind up with the help of his comments, and some judicious sampling.

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907, Norway) did not venture often into the realm of chamber music, and only once for trio: his Andante con moto from 1878, the only movement from an abandoned full scale work. I first encountered the work as part of an excellent collection of miniatures by the Boulanger Trio (review). It certainly made me wish that Grieg had followed through and completed the whole trio. That performance remains a very recommendable one, especially given the the mix of interesting discmates. However, the best performance to which I was able to listen is the BIS recording, which has more Grieg and also some Grainger. For some reason, it missed being reviewed on these pages, and I intend to write one shortly. Of the other recordings, I found those taking more than 10 minutes for this were simply too slow, treating the tempo instruction as an adagio, and in doing so, getting bogged down. These were the Moscow Trio (Brilliant Classics) and most extremely at over 11 minutes, Göbel Trio Berlin (Thorofon). The Grieg Trio (Simax) had a good tempo, but couldn’t match the quality of playing of the BIS trio and the Boulangers. I was not able to hear the Regis recording, but our reviewer suggested that it was given a sympathetic reading and comes in under 10 minutes (review).

The compositions of Jorge Grundman (b.1961, Spain) are simple and sweet, occasionally a little too much so. His trio, A Walk Across Adolescence, has some interesting jazzy elements, and there is no doubting he can write some lovely melodies, but his ability to do much with them is more questionable. Our reviewer suggested that much of the piece is occupied by “Moonriver-like love music”, which may give you a sense of its nature (review).

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b.1932, Denmark) has a number of recordings for Dacapo. His trio, Moments Musicaux, was written in 2006 for a Schubert-loving friend and apparently quotes liberally from Schubert’s piano pieces. I say apparently because they are rather lost in the seemingly random collection of events that make up this piece. Our reviewer’s summary was that “the novelties of the piece make it more of a witty and original experiment and not a work to repeat too often” (review). I struggled to get through it once.

Christopher Gunning (b.1944, Britain) is an important film and TV score composer, but has also written a significant body of well-regarded classical works. His very recent trio (2014) has very programmatic titles for all four movements, which is perhaps not too surprising, given his background. For example, the first, "Au Jardin de Maurice”, was inspired by a visit to the house where Ravel wrote many of his famous works. It pays homage to the Frenchman’s style and some of his works. If I was to have a criticism, it would be that the four movements, individually interesting as they are, have no musical connection to one another (review).

Adalbert Gyrowetz (1763-1850, Bohemia) wrote in the vicinity of 40 trios, but the four presented by the Austrian ensemble Trio Fortepiano are the only ones that seem to have been recorded. Not surprisingly, they are very much from the Haydn mould, and you will not be disappointed by making their acquaintance. The fortepiano used in the recording has its tinkly moments, but if I was able to get past its sound, then I’m sure you will.

Included in discography only
- German Galynin (1922-1966, Russia)
- Celso Garrido-Lecca (b.1926, Peru)
- Mikhail Gnesin (1883-1957, Russia)
- Berthold Goldschmidt (1903-1996, Germany)
- Philip Grange (b. 1956, Britain)
- Maria Grenfell (b.1969, New Zealand)
- Artürs Grïnups (1931-1989, Latvia)
- Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993, Brazil)
- Joan Guinjoan (b.1931, Spain)

Wishlist
Louis Glass: Trio, op. 19
Alexander Goedicke: Trio, op. 14
Peder Gram, op. 6

Acknowledgements
The following recording was obtained for this survey as a download from eClassical:
Goldenweiser - eClassical
Gouvy (K617) - eClassical
Grechaninov – Hyperion
Grieg - eClassical

 




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