Édouard Lalo sat at one remove from the French Musical Establishment, eschewing both the back-scratching of the Conservatoire and its members’ impressionist ‘musiques parfumés’. Instead we have big-boned melody—material into which the expert members of the Leonore Piano Trio sink their bows and fingers with appreciative gusto.
The excellent Leonore Trio certainly give their all in these often exciting and beautiful works, most especially the B minor Trio, No. 2. There's high virtuosity all round - superb light, dazzling backgrounds from Tim Horton, searing intensity of tone from violinist Benjamin Nabarro and cellist Gemma Rosefield. Now and then you might wonder if they're overstating the case; but get into the spirit and it's terrific stuff. BBC ****
The burning passion is ignited more in the third of the trios than in the other two, and it is something that the Leonore Trio harness to striking effect. The suavity of playing is another key factor in lending all three trios the polish and panache that they merit. Gramophone