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Allan Pulker
The WholeNote, January 2020

…The high point in the disc is the third and last composition, the Trio in G Minor, in which flutist and pianist are joined by cellist Shohei Uwamori. Weber’s artistry reveals itself like an early morning sunrise: the first movement begins with the melancholic opening theme played first on the flute and then on the piano, which adds a new and unexpected layer of understanding of the music. But when the cello follows with a second theme, the effect is breathtaking! © 2020 The WholeNote Read complete review



Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, January 2020

The Trio also fares well, so with impeccable intonation and technique, well-chosen tempos, and thoroughly polished renditions we have another fine album from Kazunori Seo and Makoto Ueno. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Mark S. Zimmer
MusicWeb International, November 2019

The final piece is the one authentic Weber work, his Trio in G minor for flute, cello and piano, op.63. I was not previously familiar with this piece, but it’s quite outstanding. Weber demonstrates his mastery of the three voices in the first movement with the hauntingly beautiful main theme being passed from one to another, always in perfect balance. The joyous second subject is a delightful contrast full of even more complex interplay, and then the two are woven together in a stunning tapestry of sound.

Kazunori Seo seems to be the flautist of choice on the Naxos label; he’s also found playing the flute music of Beethoven, Czerny, WF Bach, among others for them. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2019

‘Chamber Music for Flute’ contains an arrangement of a Weber Piano Sonata; a work for clarinet and piano, and at last an original Weber score with the Trio of 1819.

The version of Weber’s Second Piano Sonata, one of his most important works for solo piano, was reshaped by August Eberhard Muller, a German kapellmeister contemporaneous with Weber, and who seemed largely content in his arrangement to leave the piano to play the original score, the flute, at times, given the top melodic line to add a form of decoration. Why he ever thought the arrangement desirable or necessary remains unclear. For the Grand Duo Concertant—the disc’s soloist, Kazunori Seo, has simply replaced his flute for the clarinet or violin that Weber intended in his published score. In three movements it is again the keyboard who carries the weight and thrust, and is very far from a simple accompaniment. Finally the score that came from the last sector of Weber’s short life, the Trio returning the listener to the composer’s operatic world, all three instruments playing major roles in creating the melodic material. Throughout we can enjoy the playing of one of the world’s most famous flautists, though it is a strange release that really showcases the much travelled and celebrated Japanese pianist, Makoto Ueno, his mentors in the United States and Austria included Jorge Bolet and Leon Fleisher. All three works make technical demands and require a keyboard participation that is well versed in the German Romantic traditions. Ueno fills both admirably, his dexterity in the sonata, particularly in the right hand filigree, so admirably shaping the music. © 2019 David’s Review Corner





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