Annie Laflamme, transverse flute
Dorothea Schönweise-Guschlbauer, violoncello
Richard Fuller, fortepiano
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Trios for Piano, Flute and Violoncello
Trios Hob. XV:15-17
There was an important visit in the Lower Austrian Province, and it had a far-reaching result.
Concert promoter John Bland wished to invite the famous Joseph Haydn to England for a concert tour. He also took the opportunity to commission a pair of pieces for the flute, which was very popular as a chamber music instrument there. Haydn got down to the job, and discovered for himself the new metier of flute chamber music. Naturally he also pulled out all the stops in these compositions, and created works full of wit and refinement. As usual at that time there were various options for the instrumentation. From several sources, however, it emerges that Haydn had in mind the performance for trio with cello and fortepiano, with its thinner sound compared to present-day pianos, as the ideal sound.
Annie Laflamme, Dorothea Schönwiese-Guschlbauer and Richard Fuller, in their new recording, convey the delicate sound balance to its very best advantage.