Parry’s Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 3 and Partita for violin and piano, performed by the Leonore Piano Trio and recorded by Hyperion. If the accident-prone first performance of the E minor trio in 1878 left its composer disheartened, he would surely have rejoiced to hear such alert, attentive interpretations as heard here.
Enthusiasm isn’t always enough to prevent recordings of unfamiliar music from sounding raw but these performances feel fully matured – fresh, intelligent and strikingly stylish; edgy when they need to be and opening out generously when Parry’s romantic impulse demands it…It’s certainly never a wallow…Phrases are taut and melodies are deftly characterised. Gramophone