Three’s company: the rise of piano trios

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Are piano trios having a sudden renaissance? Charlotte Gardner hears from industry professionals and from musicians who relish the repertoire offered by this flexible but underrated chamber grouping

Was ever a chamber genre simultaneously so beloved, so problematic and, in fact, so abounding in contradictions as the piano trio? Piano, violin and cello: three entirely contrasting tones, registers and volumes, and a dynamic requiring players to act as both personality-rich soloists and self-negating chamber players…

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