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Best classical albums of 2024 so far

The Times has released its list of the best classical albums of 2024 so far, featuring Trio Gaspard's third volume of their Haydn Piano Trios.

Haydn magic arrives in the third volume of Trio Gaspard's series exploring the

composer's substantial body of piano trios (45, including those lost or the partial work

of other hands). Here we get four of them, one after the other; though like a bottle of

champagne this music isn't ideal for drinking in one go. A glass here, a glass there:

that's the best way to savour Haydn's dancing subtleties, kaleidoscopic textures and

sprightly wit, wonderfully conveyed by Trio Gaspard. It's still delightful listening. You

also get a newly commissioned and engaging five-minute romp by Kit Armstrong as a

21st-century encore.


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