The Leonore Trio launches into this disc of Sir Hubert Parry’s first and third Piano Trios with a dramatic flourish, bringing out the appassionato of the First Trio’s opening. Parry’s Trios don’t get aired very often – the last time was the Deakin Trio’s releases on Meridian in the 1990s – and chamber music isn’t what first comes to mind when one thinks of the English composer.

But these are charming works, given well-deserved – and well-crafted – performances here for Hyperion by violinist Benjamin Nabarro, cellist Gemma Rosefield and pianist Tim Horton. The Molto Vivace of Trio No 1 fizzes with effervescence, while the players bring earnest emotion to the slow movement and motoring intensity to the finale.

Parry’s Third Piano Trio was first performed in 1890 and, written a little over ten years after the First, was his final major piece of chamber music. This Trio forms the heart of the disc and in it we hear a more sophisticated handling of the genre. Following the drama of the first movement, the Capriccio dances beguilingly – it’s a highlight – but the slow movement is compelling. The Lento, originally conceived as a ‘lament’, shifts to a reflective mood, though it’s hardly funereal in the hands of the Leonore Trio, who lean into its lyricism before the joyous Finale.

Nabarro and Horton finish with Parry’s faux-baroque suite, Partita in D Minor, a string of encores to a worthwhile and overdue recording.

Composer: Hubert Parry 
Composition: Piano trios
Performer: Leonore Piano Trio
Catalogue Number: Hyperion CDA68243

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