All the trios in this recording represent the composers' first efforts in the genre; with Beethoven trying especially hard to put his best foot forward, as it was his first published composition, at age twenty-three. Mendelssohn was an old hand at chamber music by this point, having long ago startled the music world with perhaps the most beloved chamber music piece of all time, the Octet, written at age sixteen. Brahms's trio is both a young work and an old one, extensively revised in his sixties. Trio Jazzico Nostalgico was written especially for Trio di vita, filling a gaping hole in the repertoire, being both short and a little more light-hearted than the other three full-throated trios. Scottish Fantasy is inspired both by the rhythms and bowings of the old Scottish fiddler Niels Gow, and by an old Scottish tune, Hey Johnny Kobe, as it was sung by Gordon Jackson in the movie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The Scottish Fantasy is more virtuosic than the other works, and it also provides more of a showcase for the cello talents of Mr. Adelman, who is incapable of playing anything but "Scott"-ish music.