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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, September 2017

…the Delta’s performance of the Taneyev is every bit as well played as the one on Deutsche Grammophon by Repin, Harrell, and Pletnev, …and the Delta’s Borodin is breathtaking.

Very strongly recommended. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2017

As an adjunct to the Naxos release of the complete String Quartets of Sergey Taneyev, we now have his very substantial and only Piano Trio completed in 1908. That date is important as it places Taneyev as a composer of distinction in the late Romantic era, but one who lived into a new world of atonality while remaining committed to tonality and melodic invention. So here we have a throwback to the era of Tchaikovsky, a fact that should win it many friends if only it were performed more often. It also came from a period when he returned to the concert stage as a pianist, the rather dominant keyboard role no doubt intended for him, the strings interweaving around the thematic material introduced by the piano. That is very true of the central movements, where the strings are downgraded to an accompanying role. So it is to Vera Kooper’s credit that she tries her utmost to keep it from becoming a chamber piano concerto, though the music has so much passion, it is very difficult to avoid in the second movement. The slow movement is linked to a vivacious finale where the piano is given a glittering part, requiring Kooper’s nimble fingers to sustain its extended length. Borodin’s Trio—his first composition—is slightly better known today and dates from 1860. Like much of this part-time composer’s music, it remained unpublished on his death and was only rediscovered in 1950. We are here in the pre-Tchaikovsky era, and like the Taneyev, it is the piano that dominates all three movements. The young Delta Piano Trio was formed from three Dutch musicians in 2013, and I presume this is a their debut disc. Impeccable string intonation, their tonal quality most attractive. The recording, made in Salzburg this time last year, is outstanding. A very fine release. © 2017 David’s Review Corner





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