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Greg Pagel
American Record Guide, March 2015

Hummel had a unique compositional voice, and there are things here that you probably won’t hear in any other piano trio.

The performances are excellent. The players match each other’s phrasing and tone in imitated phrases, and the lines are all clear, even when rich with ornaments. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, March 2015

The best possible case for these four trios is made by the excellent Gould Piano Trio… I skimmed some online listening sites and found no ensembles performing the music at this high level, making the Goulds a promising first choice. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2015

…spirited, stylish, and sensitive playing.

…this new Naxos release with the Gould Piano Trio is going to be hard to beat. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



David R. Dunsmore
MusicWeb International, January 2015

Here the playing of Lucy Gould deserves special mention.

This disc contains an hour of melodic music, well executed and should appeal to anyone interested in nineteenth century chamber music. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Ivana Popovic
The WholeNote, December 2014

The Gould Piano Trio clearly enjoys bringing this somewhat forgotten music to life. Most impressive are the nuanced articulation in the violin and balanced phrasing of the ensemble. This recording will be greatly appreciated by fans of the classical period who just might discover a new voice. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



David Barker
MusicWeb International, November 2014

…the Gould versions are perfectly satisfactory. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Infodad.com, November 2014

The Gould Piano Trio’s first volume of Hummel Piano Trios for Naxos showcases a conversation that is light, balanced, elegant and warm. The four works here…treat the strings essentially as equals and the piano as a slightly-more-imposing presence… © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2014

Of the composers who followed in Mozart’s wake, the Slovak-born, Johann Hummel, is the most undervalued, his output containing seven fine Piano Trios. He was a pupil of Mozart, who after touring as a child prodigy pianist, was to become Konzertmeister to the second Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy, working by the side of Haydn as the aging Kapellmeister. In effect Hummel was soon to assume Haydn’s role, and it was there that he learned his craft as a composer, his works including the First Piano Trio from 1807. Maybe Hummel, unlike Beethoven, was not a progressive composer, and settled into a style that changed little through his life. Yet that would be to overlook a consummate craftsman who could find the melodies that quickly latch themselves on the memory. You only have to listen to the catchy tune that runs through the first movement of the Second Trio, to fall in love with the whole score. Throughout he uses the three instruments in permutations so that all members are much involved, though it is the piano that is ever present with much decoration. In all of his trios the traditional slow second movement does have a feel of urgency, the one in the second trio being cast as a series of variations. So we progress through all four trios in much the same framework, the Seventh being completed fifteen years later, by which time he was in the service of the Grand Duchy of Weimar. Among the jewels along the way is the delightful Minuet of the Third, and the spinning-wheel Rondo finale of the Sixth. Needless to say, the performances from the Gould Piano Trio are immaculate, the balance between instruments always perfectly judged, and their affinity with music of that period always evident. The sound quality is everything you could wish for, and I look forward  to the second volume. Highly recommended. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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