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Philip Buttall
MusicWeb International, December 2016

This recital of Danish piano trios features superb performances and an outstanding recording environment. It provides a perfect investigation of the genre as in Denmark, and fills a small, but nevertheless important gap in its documented growth and development in the rest of Europe. Highly enjoyable, too. © 2016 MusicWeb International



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, May 2016

The Danish Piano Trio is a newly established ensemble and this is its debut album. On evidence of these performances, I hope to hear a great deal more from these three outstanding players. In the domain of piano trio literature, that of Gade, Lange-Müller, and Langgaard may not equal the works of their more famous contributors, but they’re never less than engaging and certainly deserving of a recommendation. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, March 2016

Certainly the Lange-Muller trio is beautifully played here by a well-balanced group that has a lovely, blended sound. …an attractive program of Danish romantic trios. …it is all pleasant and enjoyable. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Ralph Graves
WTJU, January 2016

[Gade’s] 1863 trio has clean, uncluttered lines and the emotional restraint of Mendelssohn, but all with a completely original voice. His 1838 Piano Trio Movement is an interesting torso. The 22-year-old Gade may have been overly ambitious with his projected four-movement trio, but the surviving completed movement satisfies on its own.

Rued Langgard was best known for his orchestral works. Fjeldblomster (Mountain Flowers), written when he was fifteen, concludes the album. This short work shows Langgard’s love of Wagner in its construction, and only hints at the original composer Langgard would become. © 2016 WTJU Read complete review



Midwest Tape, January 2016

The Danish Piano Trio in their debut collection spotlighting trios by seminal Romantic-era Danish composers Gade, Lange-Müller, and Langgaard. © 2015 Midwest Tape



Philip R Buttall
MusicWeb International, January 2016

The superb performances and outstanding recording make this debut CD hard to resist, and the Lange-Müller is an absolute gem. Add the spontaneity and immediate melodic appeal of the other works included here, and it provides the perfect introduction to the genre’s growth in Denmark. While its sugar content is probably greater than your average Danish pastry, you can, at least, enjoy listening to it as many times as you like, without ever putting on a single pound or kilo. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2015

The musical world has been most unkind to many Danish composers, keeping them firmly ensconced on the periphery of the standard concert repertoire. That is made abundantly evident in this ravishingly beautiful collection of piano trios from the Romantic era, starting out in the mid 19th century with Niels Gade, a composer strongly influenced by Schumann and Mendelssohn. His early attempt was marked by a single movement that had been completed when he was twenty-two. Where it was intended to fit into the shape of a complete work is not clear, a long opening Adagio eventually giving way to an Allegro con fuoco. Maybe it lacked the formality of structure of the later work, but it has the attraction of youthful creativity. When he felt able to contribute a major work, it was one of lyrical charm, but with a strength that avoids drama and conflict. His cradle of humanity was of sweet smelling roses, and days filled with sunshine in the playful scherzo and the dreamy slow movement, both leading to a joyous and much activated finale. We move to the end of the 19th century to find, in the rear-guard of the Romantic era, Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller. Here we have the weight of Brahms, the melodic invention abundant in his use of the sustaining pedal of the piano to thicken the texture, the score, as a whole, making many piano trios that we hear regularly pale into insignificance. Over half an hour in length, you never feel there is one superfluous bar, the yearning melody introduced by the cello, and which then runs through the second movement, being pure inspiration. The Danish Piano Trio, who have been superb throughout, launch into the exuberant finale with an obvious relish for the score. Another remarkable Dacapo release. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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