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Laurence Vittes
Strings Magazine, February 2012

The stretch of the music on this provocative CD from the Lincoln Trio (Desiree Ruhstrat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello;and Marta Aznavoorian, piano), magnificently performed, is a powerful indication of what the classical-music industry has in store for the future as women are fully liberated as composers.

Each piece adds intrigue and beauty to the piano trio repertoire. Those that speak most directly to the listener’s heart are the fruit of an apparent personal motivation beyond an assignment to write a piano trio.

More structured is Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio…Joan Tower’s 20-minute Trio Cavany…is a gripping tour de force of piano trio virtuosity.

The CD booklet offers enormously detailed and invigorating program notes by the composers. © 2012 Strings Magazine Read complete review




Byzantion
MusicWeb International, January 2012

On the evidence of the works featured here, these are all notable composers—gender does not come into it. Any of the four longer works on this CD is worth the asking price of the disc on its own.

The marvellous Lincoln Trio performed…this often highly exigent music. Only the works by Higdon and Thomas have been previously recorded.

The disc is nicely recorded in generally well-balanced, realistic sound… © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Maria Nockin
Fanfare, January 2012

This compact disc was produced and engineered by Grammy Award-winner Judith Sherman. The sound is clear, the balances seem natural, and the sound of the trio is close to what you would hear if you were listening to them play in a small hall with good acoustics. This is the premiere recording of the works by Tower and Schwendinger. The Lincoln Trio plays all these pieces with exquisite taste, so this disc would be an important addition to any library. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare



Ira Byelick
American Record Guide, January 2012

The Lincoln Trio is superb in this program of piano trios…They really dig into their instruments when necessary, their pitch is spot on, and their range of expression is wide. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online



Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, December 2011

Something about the composers on the Lincoln Trio’s new recording, ‘Notable Women’, is more notable than the fact that they’re women. What they also have in common is a gift for writing music that is strong in personality and expert in craftsmanship.

The performances by the Lincoln Trio are models of vibrancy and control. The notables on this recording could hardly have better champions.

To read the complete review, please visit Gramophone online.



Tiina Kiik
The WholeNote, November 2011

The Lincoln Trio…musicality is put to the test in Lera Auerbach’s Trio where the melancholy ideas are performed with haunting expertise. Stacy Garrop’s Seven is a unique work which the composer explains drew its inspiration from Anne Sexton’s poem Seven Times, and the Borg from television’s Star Trek Voyager. Extended piano techniques create futuristic effects while fast-paced passages maintain one’s interest long after the work has ended. Excellent works by Jennifer Higdon, Laura Elise Schwendinger, Augusta Read Thomas and Joan Tower are also performed with spirit.



Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, November 2011

For this album, the Lincoln Trio has gathered an impressive collection of chamber works by contemporary women…While the pieces vary widely in style and mood…all are virtuosic and are played brilliantly.



Christian Carey
Sequenza21.com, October 2011

While a diversity of styles is represented, a unifying thread is the intensity of the disc’s program. Many of the works feature gritty harmonies, intricate counterpoint, and compositional narratives filled with tension and conflicts. The old (and ludicrous) saw about “feminine” music somehow being inherently gentler or less determined than music written by the men is thoroughly refuted by the compelling works shared here.

It also helps to break down preconceptions that one might have about some of the included composers based on their more famous works.

The trio are formidable advocates, playing with impressive command and unrelenting energy throughout. Recommended. Read complete review



Lawrence A. Johnson
The Classical Review, October 2011

This varied and imaginative program offers much music worth investigating for listeners and piano trios alike, the Auerbach and Tower works in particular. The Lincoln Trio’s performances are polished, exhilarating, and first class throughout, with a recording in the best Çedille house tradition. Highly recommended.



V. Vasan
Allmusic.com, September 2011

The Lincoln Trio takes the listener on a musical journey full of energy, vigor, and excellent timing. …this album is a unique entity with works by talented women composers and a talented group of musicians who deserve to be lauded.




Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, September 2011

This is a marvelous program and the Lincoln Trio performs brilliantly. They are wonderful musicians with a very clear and most gratifying commitment to contemporary music. I support…the concept behind this album, having done similar thematic programming myself. The truest test of all music is not in the awareness that it is written by a female composer—or any demographic—but in discovering that it is good music, deserving to be heard again and again. This disc is comprised of all great pieces that I strongly recommend!






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