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The debut disc from one of Australia's foremost ensembles which is making a very big name in its own territory and will shortly be well known worldwide if this album is anything to go by. Wonderful performances of high-Romantic pieces which are receiving considerable critical acclaim.

Just too long for one CD, this 2CD set is sold at the price of a single disc.



AUDIO SAMPLE: Max D'Ollone Trio - Scherzo (extract)






William Hurlstone:
Piano Trio in G major
Miriam Hyde:
Fantasy Trio, Op. 26
Max d'Ollone:
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor
Dag Wirén:
Piano Trio no. 1, Op. 6

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“As to chamber music this has to be the CD of the year and, perhaps, many years to come.  It is a delightful double disc of unusual piano trios, beautifully played and very well recorded. The playing ... is sumptuous; the texture superb; the balance impeccable and we are in the presence of three amazing musicians. They are not out to be showmen but to be faithful to the music which they are. This is the chamber music disc of the year. You will lose out if you do not buy it. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” – David Wright (Wrightmusic)

This CD explores four pieces of music by a diverse group of composers. The quality f their music is impressive ... Max d'Ollone's Trio in A minor is one of the best works in this genre that I have heard. The presentation of this disc is ideal. The sound quality is excellent. I enjoyed the committed playing and consider that Trio Anima Mundi truly responds to this ‘romantic' music; they are in their element.” – John France (MusicWeb)

“ This new disc has something of an international flavour with composers from Britain, Australia, France and Sweden. There is playing of much warmth and understanding from the Trio Anima Mundi… terrifically fine playing. This is a fascinating and rewarding disc… The recording is excellent. There are informative booklet notes by the trio's pianist, Kenji Fujimura.” - TheClassicalReviewer

“The performance here is a convincing one with a generally warm and lyrical reading ... a version that I am happy to recommend.” – Em Marshall-Luck (Albion)

“Four consistently attractive works ... beautifully recorded in well-balanced sound with consistently affectionate performances.” – Edward Greenfield (Gramophone)

“ Here is a highly attractive quartet of early 20th-century piano trios, all written in a Romantic vein, by little-known composers from four countries: England, Australia, France, and Sweden. Individually [the instrumentalists] are all highly accomplished artists; collectively they make a tightly-knit and musically unified team. Brockman's cello playing in particular I find mesmerizing; it reminds me of Jacqueline du Pré for her big, swashbuckling sound and passionate intensity. The acoustic setting is full and spacious, and serves the musicians well as they all have highly appealing sounds. Whether or not you are on the lookout for something new and different, this release is a top recommendation.” - Robert Markow (Fanfare)

“The tone is excel­lent, and the interpretations bring out the freshness of the works. I am pleased that this ensemble chose to release a fine recording of neglected works rather than another average recording of familiar ones.” - Greg Pagel (American Record Guide)

“William Hurlstone's Trio … as memorable and perfectly proportioned as anything by Brahms. I eagerly await … future albums, meanwhile strongly recommending this release to lovers of fine playing and unjustly neglected repertoire.” – Michael Round (International Record Review)

“Four magnificent trios ... interesting, accessible and best of all performed by our own local musicians.” – Kate Rockstrom (Readings Bookstores, Australia) READINGS CD OF THE MONTH JANUARY 2014

“Consistently expert performances do everything full justice. A delightfully instructive release.” – R.J. Stove (Limelight)

“Divine Art deserves praise for this release. [d'Ollone's] Trio is a late-Romantic and avant-garde work with harmonic boldness and rhythmic finesse. Wirén's Piano Trio No. 1 is an original work full of vitality and sassy harmony. The works are exciting and should ensure the spotlight is turned onto these composers and performers.” – Repertoire: XXXXX Sound XXXX Interpretation XXX Isabel Fedrizzi (Ensemble)