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Milton A. Caine
American Record Guide, October 2000

"As the disc spins on, you get the impression that Docker was extremely indebted to, or at least strongly influenced by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan) and Offenbach; even a smidgen of a Ravel-like sound creeps in. His instrumentation is extremely good-bright, chipper, soulful when necessary.

"As for the performances, William Davies proves himself to be quite facile on the piano; David Presley handles the oboe nicely. Conductor Barry Knight is apparently an expert on British light music and does a commendable job."



Robert McColley
Fanfare, August 2000

"...assuming that an announced companion disc (Naxos 8.553836, with Schumann's Piano Trios 1 and 2) finds the Vienna Brahms Trio in the fine form demonstrated here, buyers have [a] highly attractive choice for the complete set. There is no question about the music; it belongs in all serious collections of classical chamber music."



Michael Jameson
BBC Music Magazine, July 2000

"These fine accounts from the Vienna Brahms Trio are engagingly atmospheric and thoroughly alert to the fleetingly capricious mood-swings of Schumann's art. These players espouse a much more intimate, almost covert view of the music, particularly in Op. 110, than we've come to expecthe Vienna Brahms Trio penetrates the urgent, haunted ethos of this music with consistent expertise and telling impact. And at the price, you can have both its Naxos discs, encompassing Schumann's entire oeuvre for piano triond performances of this calibre are rare indeed. Recommended."





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