Notes and Editorial Reviews
"The ‘Chamber Music’ CD in this series is one of the highlights, with gorgeous cello sound from Carter Brey in a nicely shaped Cello Sonata. The stirring themes which crop up in the Scherzo are powerfully done, and the Largo has a perfect tempo and weight, the slow conversation between piano and cello developing inexorably over a forward momentum which is neither static nor rushed and superficial. This was Chopin’s last large scale composition, and becomes all the more moving in this recording if one keeps this in mind. The same instrumental synergies in performance apply to the Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major Op.3, with some delightful piano touches in the opening flourishes, Carter Brey colouring the arguably
over-long phrases in the melodic line. The independence of parts in this piece at times foreshadows the even more ambitious Grand Duo in E major and the two pieces go well together. With the Piano Trio in G minor Op.8 we get to the real treat on this disc however, with some cracking chamber-music making from an ensemble which now adds violinist Leila Josefowicz to its number. This is a work which has been criticised for its lack of equality in the parts, and there are indeed swathes in which the piano has a leading role and the strings act as a kind of filler. There is much to be enjoyed here however, and it’s one of those pieces that, once heard in a performance as fine as this one, holds a kind of spell over the listener, drawing you back to hear more of this warmly genial and cleanly appealing music."
-- Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International
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