Trio con Brio Copenhagen

07 Nov 2023 | Aachener Zeitung l by Thomas Beaujean and Rauke Xenia Bornefeld

A Concert of Superlatives

…The chamber music series Accordate experienced a brilliant start to the new season in the well-filled Coronation Hall with the deeply impressive performance by the Trio con Brio Copenhagen. The name of the formation seems to say it all, as the violinist Soo-Jin Hong, the cellist Soo-Kyung Hong and the pianist Jens Elvekjaer played with an intensity of tone and expression that literally took the audience’s breath away… This type of music-making reaches its climax in the interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in E minor op. 67… the Trio con Brio created all of these expressive characters with an intensity, a physical and psychological commitment and an inner compassion that ultimately leads to mental exhaustion the musicians seemed to lead… It was a concert of superlatives that left a deep impression on the audience.

26 Jan 2022 | Strad | by Edward Bhesania

Sheer tonal beauty and passion bring to life contrasting Russian works

“… this is a very impressive release, contrasting Arensky’s full-blown Romanticism with Shostakovich’s more troubled Soviet-era expression. From the start of Shostakovich’s Piano Trio no.1 we are allured by the players’ sheer tonal beauty, not only in the work’s melancholy lyricism but even in its clanging dissonances, which never seem ugly. There’s boundless joy and passion in Arensky’s Piano Trio, and technique to burn from the players beneath the surface. The slow Elegia movement is breathtakingly tender, with the muted violin and cello creating a magical effect…”

19 Jan 2022 | BBC Music Magazine | by Michael Beek

Radiant Russian memorials and unforgettable playing

“… The lyric inspiration really flows, with the rich but never over-resonant acoustic of the Royal Danish Academy of Music Concert Hall giving space to each player’s special beauty of tone. While I’ve heard performances of Arensky’s work before which didn’t engrave it on the memory, the Copenhagen trio truly make it live. I won’t forget this disc.”

Performance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Recording ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

04 Jan 2022 | Gramophone | by David Fanning

Editor’s Choice by Gramophone

ARENSKY; SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trios (Trio Con Brio Copenhagen)

… everything adds up to a completely thought-through and deeply felt interpretation… In every way, then, this is an outstanding achievement, and I only hope the disc gets the acclaim it deserves.”

07 Sep 2020 | Süddeutsche Zeitung | by Klaus Kalchschmid

From soul to soul

… What sounds already tremendously inspired, exciting and transparent on three CDs has an even greater thrill live at the limit of playability… Rarely do you hear such a furor in the outer movements without ever bringing the poise of the instruments out of balance. In the fantastically beautifully played Andante espressivo it was there again, the moment that penetrates deep into the soul… the moment of deepest, almost painful emotion.


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24 Jun 2020 | Scherzo | by Pablo L. Rodríguez

Trio con Brio Copenhagen receives another fine review on their recordings of the complete Beethoven piano trios – this time in the Spanish Music Magazine: Scherzo
… Here the combination of a Danish pianist and two Korean sisters fascinates again, in the Largo assai ed espressivo of op. 70/1, between whispered conversations and terrifying textures. Three different visions all in one timbre precision. Beethoven, One and Triune.


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