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William Kreindler
MusicWeb International, January 2012

The Meadowmount Trio…shows a of lot energy in their performance…Larsen and the Meadowmount’s Stephen Shipps join the esteemed Wihan Quartet in the Concert and overall the six players form a cohesive unit, achieving quite a distinctive performance. Recording quality is fairly sumptuous by Naxos standards…a pair of moving and exciting performances. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Mike D. Brownell, November 2011

Performing this unique and monumental work are the Wihan String Quartet joined by violinist Stephen Shipps and pianist Eric Larsen (both of the Meadowmount Trio). The ensemble does a nice job of capturing all of these changing textures and combinations and does so while maintaining an intense but rich, warm sound. The outer Anime movements driven and exciting; the third movement Grave is breathtaking in its stillness and gravitas. Intonation is generally good, though Shipps occasionally sounds sharp compared to the Wihan members. The disc concludes with Chausson’s first major completed chamber work, the G minor Piano Trio. The Meadowmount members do a commendable job of revitalizing this youthful work that can sometimes pale in comparison to the Concert. There is a great deal of unison and octave playing between the cello and the violin in the Trio; Shipps and cellist Owen Carman pleasingly match pitch throughout. Naxos’ sound is clear and responsive.

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, November 2011

This program of rare and beautiful chamber music by French composer Ernest Chausson was recorded in Prague where the Meadowmount Trio from the U.S. and the Wihan String Quartet from the Czech Republic met in the recording studio and joined forces in Chausson’s Concert in D Major, Op. 21 for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. In this work the Wihan are augmented by pianist Eric Larson and violinist Stephen Shipps of the Meadowmount, and the result is hauntingly beautiful music.

I must, however, caution firsttime listeners against getting impatient with the Concert…it makes its impact gradually over its entire length.

Chausson’s Piano Trio in G Minor, which follows, receives an inspired performance by the Meadowmount Trio… This disturbing finale, which has all the customary attributes of the night except its peacefulness and charm, is given decisive treatment, culminating with a final statement from the piano. Read complete review

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