Benvenue Fortepiano Trio, Early Music

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Benvenue Fortepiano Trio
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Benvenue Fortepiano Trio 1 photo Benvenue Fortepiano Trio 3 photo Monica Huggett, Baroque Violin
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Benvenue Fortepiano Trio 1 photoBased on the West Coast, The Benvenue Fortepiano Trio consists of Grammy nominated British baroque violinist Monica Huggett (Juilliard, MD Ireland Baroque, MD Portland Baroque), American cellist Tanya Tomkins and American pianoforte specialist Eric Zivian. Also part of the Benvenue set up – a beautifully crafted 1841 Viennese fortepiano which the ensemble use wherever possible.There are currently two Benvenue CDs available on the Avie label featuring recordings of Mendelssohn Piano Trios performed on period instruments. Further recordings of Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann are planned for the next couple of years.Their most recent recording, released on February 9th 2010, is availble on Amazon.com and is getting great customer reviews: “These are first-rate performances in themselves, and the opportunity to hear these delightful trios on something approaching the instruments Mendelssohn himself would have heard is not to be passed up.”
Evan A. Evanson, 4 star review Read the rest of the reviewA current sample concert programme includes Mendelssohn’s Sonata for Cello and Fortepiano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58; selections from “Lieder Ohne Worte” for solo fortepiano; and Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66.