J.Haydn, Complete Piano Trios,
Beaux Arts Trio
And the Haydn Trio No.43 in C (the Vienna venues every only list Haydn by the incredibly useless Hoboken numbers, as if “Hob.XV/27” was particularly meaningful to everyone but a musicologist with not much of a social life) did indeed sound like a warm-up, sadly. It came and went—with a Presto Finale along the way that was nice for having tried to raise the game, but it veered... and instead of becoming lively by way of extreme speeds it just became comic*. Which is not the same as humor—a distinction all too easily detected in Haydn.
R.Schumann, Piano Trios,
P.I.Tchaikovsky & Arensky, Piano Trios,
(* Bit the same on their recording, unfortunately. Too often this sounds rushed. The Beaux Arts Trio make it sound coy, light and witty—such stuff is right up Menahem Pressler’s sleeve!—and manage still to be the go-to recording after all these years.)