Unlike the perfectly matched forces of a string quartet, the instruments of a piano trio form a motley crew. Apart from the obvious size issue, piano and strings do not even speak with the same tongue.

Seraphim Seraphim Trio. Photo © Pia Johnson

One produces struck sounds, the others bowed. How could a cello imagine itself the equal of a grand piano, the size of a small car? And how could a piano ever...

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