Album: Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Mendelssohn Piano Trios (Sony Classical)

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There's enough accumulated star power involved here to illuminate an entire city, so it's slightly disappointing to find it expended on a pair of Mendelssohn piano trios which are hardly the most exciting or innovative of pieces. Their conservative cast is, however, well- served by the star players: it's obvious these three at ease in each others' instrumental company, particularly on the indulgently Romantic, Schumann-influenced Piano Trio No 1 in D minor. But the tone of genial bonhomie seems to compound the comfortable nature of Mendelssohn's later works, and the result is two disciplined, able performances which challenge neither players nor listeners.

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