“Reinventing the repertoire”: it may seem like a tall order, but this is how the Linos Piano Trio describes the philosophy at the heart of its music making. This reinvention comes about in two ways. The first is through the musicians’ interpretations of the core repertoire; they look at each piece as if it were newly composed, setting conventions aside and bringing it to light in a fresh and personal way. The second is by extending the breadth of the repertoire in order to expand the range of works listeners are traditionally presented in piano trio recitals, be that through commissioning new music, their own arrangements of pieces written for different types of ensembles, or through championing unjustly neglected works.
This last strand was the inspiration behind their debut CD, the premiere recording of the complete Piano Trios of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Bach wrote these thirteen charming and highly individual works as Accompanied Keyboard Sonatas (in response to what was a newly fashionable genre of the late 1770s), but also referred to them as Trios. Although small in scale, they feature the full range of his mature musical style, rich with feelings, wit and rebelliousness.
Seeking to give the pieces wider exposure, the Linos Piano Trio, whose members are committed practitioners of historical instruments, opted to record them on modern instruments and strongly
advocate that these works should be given equal standing to their better-known contemporaries by Haydn and Mozart.