The fledgling [ sic ] British label Divine Art deserves praise for this release – a double CD with four piano trios by Romantic composers, not very well known to many: the Briton William Hurlstone , the Australian Miriam Hyde , Frenchman Max d’ Ollone and Swede Dag Wirén. Max d’ Ollone was a pupil of Jules Massenet and a contemporary of Richard Strauss, and not an insignificant composer. His Trio in A minor, is a late Romantic and avant-garde work with harmonic boldness and rhythmic finesse.

The Trio Anima Mundi are at home in the sweeping gestures and the rich sound of the romantically embossed “Fantasy Trio “, Opus 26 by Miriam Hyde, which shows a fascination for Russian Romantics (Rachmaninov , Tchaikovsky ) and some influences of the music of the Aborigines. The G major trio of Stanford student William Hurlstone is lively , humorous and adapts aesthetically to the musical language of his fellow students such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland and Gustav Holst. The most advanced musical language in these four works is Dag Wiréns Piano Trio No. 1, Op 6 – an original work full of vitality and sassy harmony The interaction here is not always homogeneous nevertheless overall the performances are of a very high level. The works are exciting and should ensure the spotlight is turned on to these composers and performers.

Repertoire: ***** Sound **** Interpretation ***

—Isabel Fedrizzi