The Queen's Chamber Trio—harpsichordist Elaine Comparone, violinist Robert Zubrycki, and cellist Peter Seidenberg—takes a fresh look at three of Joseph Haydn's keyboard trios from 1794–97 (Hob XV:27, 28, and 31), typically played on modern grand piano or fortepiano. Its innovative approach enlivens these pieces with harpsichord sparkle and a delicious blend of plucked and bowed strings.
"The playing is splendid.... Repeats are ornamented; the phrasing is clear; the expressiveness is natural and deeply felt. The cellist uses quasi-Baroque articulation, putting swells on long notes. The violinist's tone is varied in color and intensity and is strikingly beautiful. The performers' enjoyment of the music and the collaboration speaks through every note."—All Things Strings
"Listening to this repertoire on the harpsichord is like unwrapping the music of thin transparent layers and having a much sharper look at Haydn's wonderful, colorful keyboard writing. The ensemble playing is very coherent.... Tempo choices are very natural, phrasing very elegant, and there are some lovely dynamic contrasts."—Harpsichord & Fortepiano