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Russian Piano Trios



When the press has them down as “Shaham and Erez… probably the most dazzling I have heard…” (American Record Guide) and “Wallfisch… one of the most outstanding international cellists” (Leipziger Volkszeitung) and these three giants decide it’s time to join forces, one had better sit up and take notice for something quite incredible is bound to become of it! In fact, that is exactly what happened when their piano trio came to life at the beginning of 2009 and was greeted with great enthusiasm from audiences that found themselves bowled over by the intense togetherness and extreme musicality of this exciting new ensemble! The trio’s first CD (Nimbus), of both Mendelssohn piano trios, was launched in February 2012 to the highest critical acclaim. Their second recording, of French repertoire, was released in June 2013 and, like its successful predecessor, has been receiving rave reviews internationally.

Russian Piano Trios


'It can safely be said that the masterpiece is Shostakovich's remarkable work of 1944...The difficult opening, with eerie high notes on the cello, is beautifully managed, with the ambiguous Scherzo brilliant but sinister. The pace is properly steady to allow the chaconne full expression; and with the finale, the ostensibly happy strumming of a Jewish klezmer band is made to sound dark and maimed. The dignified close, in this impassioned, thoughtful performance, is controlled and expressive, with a closing mood of, if not peacefulness, at least resignation.' Gramophone, May 2015

'The deeper the music, the finer the vividly-recorded performance from these distinguished players.' BBC Music Magazine, May 2015

'This is a strong testament to their shared artistic vision and to their compatibility.' International Record Review, March 2015

'They are one with the music and with each other. What they have to offer us is something you wouldn’t mind being drowned by. So full, so rich, sound and interpretation wholly convincing, this trio has all the experience required to transform the art of living into sound. The combination of pieces on this CD is beautiful - the romantic and lyrical Rachmaninov and the Arensky alongside the challenging, gloomy and here and there quite introvert Shostakovich - and offers plenty of variety to keep us hooked and surprised at the different shades in colour and atmosphere that these three musicians know how to create.' Luister, April/May 2015

'Having the delightful arrangement of Mussorgsky’s ‘Une larme’ is a treat.' Dominy Clements, MusicWeb-International, February 2015