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Press release date: October 2023

Trio Isimsiz New on Rubicon Classics
Korngold, Brahms and première
recording of Francisco Coll


Rubicon Classics RCD1107
Korngold Piano Trio Op No 1
Francisco Coll Piano Trio
Brahms Piano Trio No 2 in C major Op 87

Release date 8 December 2023

For its latest BBT-supported album on the Rubicon Classics label, Trio Isimsiz completes its recordings of all three Brahms Piano trios, along with the first recording of a new work written for them by Spanish composer Francisco Coll (also co-commissioned by BBT).

Coll’s 17-minute piano trio is cast in four movements and is rich in contrasting styles and influences ranging from the familiar to unconventional. At its live première in Madrid Scherzo magazine’s Santiago Martín Bermúdez described it as “loaded with ideas that make it especially interesting” with its allusions to Strauss’s opera Die schweigesame Frau, a Larghetto imbued with melodic features from the flamenco, a ‘hallucinated fugue’ and fragments of tango.

For Trio Isimsiz the thrill and challenge of performing and recording a brand new work is matched by the opening piece on this album, Korngold’s Piano Trio Op 1 composed when he was just 12 years old. “It made an immediate impression on us when we discovered it,” comments the Trio’s pianist Erdem Misirlioglu, “and we have always found it almost unfathomable that it was written by someone so young. It displays an impressive level of maturity and a clear compositional command, making it a worthy companion to the music of Brahms and Coll.”

By contrast, the Brahms Piano Trio No 2 is a mature work written over a two-year period (1880-1882) of intense creativity. It provides a warm-hearted and high-spirited finale not only to this album, but as the conclusion to the Trio’s recording of all three Brahms piano trios on Rubicon Classics.

… Brahms’ Trio No 1 in B major is presented in a reading serving as a worthy successor to the debut album’s superb Trio No 3, pulling us in from the get-go to Brahms’ intense world of passionate emotion tempered by poised Classicism, confidence and joy tempered by fragility and doubt. It’s a reading to lose yourself in, whether in the ardent sweetness and power oftheir forte singing, or in the myriad different qualities of silence that they serve. We can only hope that a third album eventually arrives with Brahms No 2.

Charlotte Gardner, The Strad, December 2020

This album was recorded at Menuhin Hall, Surrey, UK in August 2022

Francisco Coll Piano Trio
World première performance by Trio Isimsiz: 24 January 2022.
Commissoned by Borletti-Buitoni Trust, Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical (Madrid)
and Britten Pears Arts for Aldeburgh Festival (UK première 25 June 2022).

…full of verve and magnificent details supported by dynamic contrasts. In short, an excellent work.

Jorge Fernández Guerra, El Pais, 25 January 2022


Erdem Misirlioglu piano
Pablo Hernán Benedí violin
Edvard Pogossian cello

  • Formed in 2009 at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama London, where they are currently Fellows
  • Selected for representation by YCAT in 2013
  • Prizes include Trondheim Competition 1st Prize & Audience Prize (2015), Haydn International Competition Vienna 2nd Prize at (2017) and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2018)
  • Performs throughout Europe including recitals at Stavanger, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Peasmarsh and Gower Festivals, Tivoli Concert Hall, Snape Maltings, Fundacion Juan March in Madrid and MarianishcerSaal in Lucerne
  • International tours include Argentina and China
  • Collaborators in chamber music include Anthony Marwood, Krysztof Chorzelski, Richard Lester, Aleksander Madzar and Ferenc Rados at IMS Prussia Cove
  • Residencies include Banff Centre in Canada, Jeunnesse Musicales Chamber Music in Germany and Mozarteum in Salzburg
  • Masterclasses with András Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Menahem Pressler, Thomas Riebl, Wolfgang Reddick, Gould Piano Trio, Belcea and Takács Quartets
  • Recordings Rubicon Classics debut album released Spring 2018 – Brahms Piano Trio No 3 in C minor Op 101, Takemitsu Between Tides, Beethoven Op 70 No. 1 Ghost. Second album released September 2022 – Brahms Piano Trio No.1 in B major, Schubert Notturno in E flat, Fauré Piano Trio in D minor. Third album released November 2023 – Korngold Piano Trio Op No.1, Coll Piano Trio, Brahms Piano Trio No 2 in C major
  • As individuals they all enjoy great success. Pianist Erdem Misirlioglu was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musician Competition on 2008, violinist Pablo Hernán Benedí is a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet formed by Alina Ibragimova and cellist Edvard Pogossian was the winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition