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Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone, July 2015

…music well worth befriending, especially in such lively company. In terms of other intégrales, Lucy Gould, Alice Neary and Benjamin Frith are clearly preferable…Frith in particular dancing his way with palpable pleasure through the many pages of nonstop allegro vivace and presto semiquavers. Well recorded, too… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2015

The Gould Trio have genuine class and dash in their performances, giving the music a tender sweetness and a more brusque brio depending on the movement. They always seem to capture the essence with brilliance.

A big bravo for this one! © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Infodad.com, March 2015

very fine performances… © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2015

The second of two discs containing the complete Piano Trios of the Slovak-born Johann Hummel, a child prodigy pianist who was at one time the pupil of Mozart. Working by the side of the aging Haydn he learned his craft as a composer while the Konzertmeister to the second Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy, his early works including the First Piano Trio of 1803. Unlike Beethoven—who lived at almost the same time—he was not a progressive composer, but settled for a style that was to continue through his life. It is elegant music, written with an understanding of the instruments involved so that the music for the string players falls readily under their fingers. That he was a keyboard player is evidenced throughout, the major melodic content given to the piano, though it is the violin that opens the First Trio with an infectiously gorgeous tune. All follow the pattern of fast movements surrounding a slow central Andante. In the case of the First, the Rondo finale is weighty and gives plenty of scope for the Gould’s pianist to display his ample dexterity. Twelve years later the Fourth only finds the same youthful joy in the short and mercurial finale. Go forward another five years and we arrive at the much more substantial—in every sense—Fifth trio with the added ‘Grand Trio Concertante’, its opening Allegro almost as long as the previous trios. Throughout the playing has been immaculate, with impeccable string intonation, the recording engineer doing his best to achieve a balance between all three players, but Hummel does not help him. Both discs have been a delight to review, and at the Naxos price you can discover some hugely attractive music. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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