Shoe boxes and churches
As mentioned, Boris de Larochelambert finds great pleasure in good sound recordings and their ability to transform electric energy into exquisite frequencies and a natural, rich, detailed acoustic. According to him, a bad sound recording can distort or muffle an interpretation. Naturally, acoustics is generally a highly important element to the classical trio – on recordings and live:
"This is for us a matter of balance. A light reverberation is very enjoyable, so the best halls for us are the wooden ones (e.g. the Kuhmo Concert Hall in Finland) or 'shoe box shaped', as the Vienna Musikverein Brahms Saal, which bring no echo but are not dry-sounding," Boris explains.
"They allow us to play without tweaking the balance, just as we would at home. Churches with too much reverberation (sometimes 6-7 seconds!) are quite difficult because they force us to change tempi and articulation, give little rests for big dynamic changes, etc. But they're quite rare and a church concert is usually very agreeable for us," he says.