The TrioMats’ first album! 
Piano trios by Beethoven, Ravel and Shostakovich

The first complete recording by TrioMats is to give the listener an overall concert experience. A careful compilation of three masterpieces of the genre – indisputable highlights representing three different musical styles.

We have recorded three trios that we have become particularly attached too – in the sense that they have become a part of us and we of them. 
Mats Zetterkvist

Mats Zetterqvist, violin 
Mats Rondin cello 
Mats Widlund piano

When TrioMats was finally formed in 1996 it was the fulfilment of a long cherished desire. They had already played together in various duo constellations for over 15 years so they were well acquainted and had already established a common musical approach. No sooner had they formed the trio than they found themselves inundated with offers of concerts. They have now performed a considerable number of concerts all over Sweden. During the spring of 2001, a tour of Ireland marked the start of their international career.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) 
Trio for violin, cello and piano D major /D-dur/ op 70:1 (1808) ”Ghost trio” /”Spöktrion”/ Henle 
1. Allegro vivace e con brio [6.45] 
2. Largo assai ed espressivo [9.42] 
3. Presto [7.49]

Maurice Ravel (1875-1927) 
Trio for violin, cello and piano A-minor /a-moll/ (1915) Durand 
4. Modéré [8.58] 
5. Pantoum: Assez vif [4.16] 
6. Passacaille: Très large [8.08] 
7. Final: Animé [5.34]

Dmitrij Schostakovich (1906-1975) 
Trio for violin, cello and piano E-minor /e-moll/ op. 67 (1944) Peters 
8. Andante-Moderato [7.50] 
9. Allegro non troppo [2.50] 
10. Largo [5.43] 
11. Allegretto [11.53]

Total: [78.50]

TrioMats is a trio with three “Matses” – Rondin (cello), Zetterqvist (violin), and Widlund (piano). They have been making music together for a long time now, in various constellations, but this trio CD comes as their joint recording début. And about time too!

They have chosen three of the greatest piano trios ever written, three personal compositions, sincerely and skilfully constructed and with a convincing narrative capacity. My personal favourite among them is Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio in A-minor from 1915, which does ample justice to the composer’s sensitivity, cunning, mystique, sense of rhythm and musical open-mindedness. 
Shostakovich’s grandiose and effectively compulsive Piano Trio, written in 1944 is a triumph which I cannot resist. Shostakovich was definitely one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, with chamber music forming powerful personal documents of his life.

TrioMats also excel themselves in Beethoven’s famous Ghost Trio, Opus 70:1 in D. They are closely attuned to one another, they play vigorously and they know what bowing is all about. Beethoven was already writing modern music 200 years ago. That is quality.

Sune Johannesson -

The repertoire on TrioMats’ first CD is not of the most sensational kind, but the quality of their interaction is high and truly inspired. Beethoven’s Trio in D – the “Ghost Trio” radiates classical elegance. It is not a battle of life and death, it leaves no taste of blood in the mouth, but how lovely it is! This very character of their sound – with Widlund’s piano providing more than just framework – is ideal for Ravel’s Trio in A-minor. The crispbread-like brittleness of the passacaglia in the third movement makes it the jewel of the whole selection. 
In Shostakovich’s Trio in E-minor there are times when the right temperament eludes them – they are not so changeable as the composer. Even here, though, Mats Zetterqvist’s violin, with Rondin’s cello as its impatient shadow, scores veritable triumphs with its sensitively plaintive phrasing. 
These first-time recording artists know exactly where they are going.

Tony Lundman -

These are beautiful, rich readings. I love the way this ensemble travels through this music. As a listener I feel almost like an explorer; each time I hear this recording I feel like I am hearing the music for the first time. The performances are unusual because they are so involving. The musicians seem to be present at every moment, and they in turn make it easy for the listener to be pesent. They reach into deep emotional places but are not overbearing, because they keep the music moving forward at just the right pace. They also work as an organic unit, not just as three individuals who play extremely well. The Trio 5, the Ghost, is the spookiest reading I have ever heard; the Ravel is indulgent and classy ass well as extremely exiting, and the Shostakovich is deeply moving and emotionally complicated. This recording has some of the finest chamber music playing I have heard on records, as well as three of the finest pieces in the piano trio literature. 
Fine American Record guide

American Record Guide January/February 2002

1016 Piano Trios by Beethoven, Ravel and Schostakovich TrioMats