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Lucy Jeffery
MusicWeb International, May 2014

Haydn’s naturally happy and cheerful temperament can be felt through these performances. Accordingly, the music on this CD consists of charming, well-balanced pieces of even temperament. Played with a level tempo and not at all blighted by melodramatic pretence, the Bartolozzi retain the listener’s attention in an understated way which is quintessentially Haydn in character.

Sounding more like pieces for piano with string accompaniment; Truscott and Lester play with understated humility and subtlety, contentedly giving Crawford-Phillips’ piano the lead. The three musicians support and engage intimately with each other. The elegant singing and intriguing surges of heartfelt emotion attract and draw us near.

The tone and sound quality of the three instrumentalists is rich and enchanting. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, February 2014

…sound quality just as good as the playing… The CD is wonderfully satisfying, and only die-hard HIP or anti-HIP partisans could be displeased. I found it a most enjoyable hour of Haydn. Reviews don’t get easier to write than that. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

We are almost at the halfway point of Haydn’s large collection of Piano Trios, here moving back in time to his earliest works in the genre composed during the 1780’s. For the pianist they are a joy to play, each of the relatively short works full of charming decoration weaved around a string backdrop. The earlier ones were in a simple two movement format, the first being of an unhurried nature to complement the faster tempo of the finale, and make few technical demands on the performers. Having already enjoyed three outstanding discs from the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, the series now moves to the Bartolozzi Trio, the pianist, Simon Crawford-Phillips being common to both groups. His clarity of articulation and nimble fingers are ideal, and he has with him two of the UK’s most experienced chamber musicians, the violinist, Matthew Truscott, and cellist, Richard Lester. These are modern instrument performances…Much recommended. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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