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Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, January 2017

In this clever pairing of youthful pieces, pianist Hyung-ki Joo of the duo Igudesman & Joo joins former principal violinist of Ensemble Modern, Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne and cellist Thomas Carroll for a performance of Brahms’s First Trio and Frank Bridge’s Phantasie Trio. I heard the Phantasie at Spoleto a few years ago and was amazed I’d never encountered it. The opening cello theme is haunting and long-breathed, and the poetic piano tune following is just as memorable. Technically in sonata form, the piece seems one endless flow, moving inexorably toward a thrilling coda, with the piano rippling up and down the keyboard. It is thoroughly romantic in sensibility and melodic generosity, though the idiom is modern. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, November 2016

…these are excellent performances, about which I have no real reservations. The musicians are of one mind in the way that they present these scores—that is to say, with considerable passion and tonal beauty. There are no rough edges, and no sense that any of them would have played the music differently, had it been up to them alone. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), June 2016

This outstanding album presents Brahms’ Piano Trio No 1 alongside a later work that it influenced, the lesser-known Phantasie Trio by English composer Frank Bridge. Pianist Hyung-Ki Joo, one half of the musical comedy duo Igudesman & Joo, collaborates here with violinist Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne and cellist Thomas Carroll. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)

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