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Stephen Francis Vasta
MusicWeb International, May 2017

The players of the Offenburg String Trio—despite the cutesy italicized ff in its name—don’t play everything fortissimo. They bring these scores a variety of dynamics, and of modes of attack, that emphasize Röntgen’s textural contrasts; yet their incisive attacks in Trios 14 and 16 are unfailingly attractive. In the first movement of the A major, the viola and cello move in perfectly blended thirds under the violin’s high trill; the soft playing in the C minor’s Andante con tenerezza has a beautiful, fragile delicacy. Ensemble and intonation are most impeccable. A brief patch of slithery execution in the Poco allegretto of Trio 16, a momentary loss of momentum in that Finale automobilistico—was the car short of gas?—stick out a bit amid the prevailing excellence. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Tim Homfray
The Strad, December 2014

The Offenburg String Trio plays these Röntgen trios with style and evident affection. And why not? This collection of 16 trios must be a treasure trove for all string trios eking out their rather small repertoire.

The Offenburg players mix tenderness with dry, clipped playing in the scherzo of No.14, and show finely contrasted characters in the variations of the finale. The first three movements of the 15th Trio are delicately played, wistful and lyrical, before the players set off energetically into the ebullient fourth movement, the wonderfully named ‘Finale automobilistico’, complete with car-hooter effect in the viola. The recorded sound has warmth and space. © 2014 The Strad Read complete review



Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, November 2014

Performances, interpretations, and sound on this album are…spirited and sympathetic. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Erik Levi
BBC Music Magazine, September 2014

Composed during the 1920s, these late fruits of Rontgen’s prolific chamber output are resourceful and nostalgic in style. These performances would benefit from a wider dynamic range. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, August 2014

The revival of Dutch composer Julius Röntgen’s music continues in full swing…[and this] Naxos CD featuring the last four of his sixteen string trios is one of the best, and will convert many to his cause.

…the members of the Offenburg Trio deliver sensitive, committed performances of these obscure pieces. Their playing is impeccable…

…the recordings are good and project an intimate soundstage in a warm acoustic. The string tone is bright but pleasing, while the instrumental placement and balance remain ideal throughout. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2014

Though born in Germany, Julius Röntgen lived most of his mature life in Holland where, among many achievements, he co-founded the Amsterdam Conservatory. Born in May 1855, his parents, who were deeply involved in music, deciding to foster his obvious musical talents by having him privately educated. It was to result in his being a highly regarded concert violinist and pianist, and the composer of around 650 works in almost every genre…as we listen to the final four composed not long before his death in 1932, we find Röntgen almost overflowing with melodic ideas that he uses with considerable skill. They are not long works, the Fourteenth, and most dark in content, being the most extensive at just over twenty minutes. Especially charming—they are all wedded to tonality—is the dance-like Thirteenth, while the untroubled peace of the Sixteenth rather pictures the end of a human’s life…the Offenburg String Trio ideally captures the fact that these scores were intended for homespun pleasure, their warm and rounded sound reflected in the recording quality. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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