Brahms Trios 1 & 2
If the distracting marketing hype about Trpceski is his youth, people
can be put off by the Eroica Trio's glamorous image. But as violinist Adela
Penn recently told one interviewer: "In classical music you can't fake it
with marketing — you've got to work your little fingers off from the start
and improve every day for the rest of your life, or your out of the running."
You don't have to listen to more than a few bars of any of the Eroica's recordings
to know they are the real thing. There is something particularly delightful
about the combination of piano, violin and cello and much beautiful music
has been written for this combination. The play between instruments is perhaps
clearer than in a string quartet, mediated by the heavier tones of the piano.
Their latest recording of Brahms confirms the Eroica's place as one of the
premier trios. The first trio Brahm's first published work but was radically
revised and shortened almost forty years later. It is a beautiful piece of
many moods. The Eroica present a particularly sensitive rendition of the
slow third movement where the piano softly tip toes around the strings. The
finale is then played full of force and restlessness. The second Trio is
more playful but no less expertly realised.
– Marcus O'Donnell originally published in the Sydney Star Observer