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Guy Wagner
Pizzicato, May 2014

The Fidelio Trio comes with an expressive, elegant and sensitive performance of Korngold’s brilliant Trio op. 1 and provides a nice surprise with the Feuermann version of Schönberg’s ‘Transfigured Night’ in which the very few instruments create a special atmosphere. © 2014 Pizzicato



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, May 2014

I thank Richard Whitehouse for his, as usual, informative and insightful booklet notes that have explained to me what Richard Dehmel’s poem is about. I found these really helped towards an even greater appreciation of the music which is sumptuous and radiant. With music as good as this all versions are wonderful in their own right. This young trio of Celts clearly revels in this intoxicatingly romantic music turning in wonderfully atmospheric performances. While there are many choices available for each work I believe this is the only one to pair these two on a single CD. Together with the excellent playing and the budget price these make three powerful reasons why this issue is hard to resist. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Dvorák Society Newsletter, April 2014

The performance of the Fidelio Trio of Korngold’s youthful work is enjoyably spirited. © 2014 Dvořák Society Newsletter



Lucy Jeffery
MusicWeb International, February 2014

Best known for his romantic Violin Concerto, in the hands of the Fidelio Trio Korngold’s Piano Trio Op 1, flaunts his characteristic swelling sense of cinematic wonderment. Hailed as ‘a new Mozart’ and later best known for providing the swirling music for Errol Flynn’s swashbuckling movies, Korngold combines witty humour with depth of feeling in his intricate compositions.

The Fidelio Trio truly empathise with these feelings and are almost ‘method’ in their performance of these characters and scenes. Furthermore, the sound of the trio in this recording is exquisitely balanced and gives voice to the crisp pizzicato and soft wails with equal measure. Korngold and Schoenberg’s artistic intention is heard through the undulations of emotion, influences and layers of interpretation. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2014

The disc makes clear why the Austrian music establishment ostracised and never forgave Erich Korngold for having sold himself to the Hollywood film industry. He was still only thirteen years old when he composed the Piano Trio, his first published work, and he was being talked of as the next Mozart. In four movements, and lasting around thirty minutes, it shows not only his grasp of extended musical form, but that he was already taking the musical style of Richard Strauss to new levels of opulent beauty. His ability to create such a wealth of thematic material was remarkable, and if he had a penchant for sadness, he wrote within that framework with such a depth of feeling for one so young. So what we have in Eduard Steuermann’s transcription is fundamentally a new work that is certainly enjoyable in its own right…The Fidelio obviously enjoy it and play it with passion. The recording is of a satisfactory quality. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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