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Trio con Brio Copenhagen

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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20 Mar 2020 | Díapason | by Jean-Michel Molkhou

Trio con brio de copenhague: formation d’élite

We can now see the Trio con Brio as the worthy successors of the legendary Beaux-Arts Trio. That says it all!

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15 Mar 2020 | Politiken | by Thomas Michelsen

A super-trio took their finest concert attire on in radio to remind us about what it is we miss

…It was thought-provoking and touching to hear Trio con Brio playing music from the time of the Spanish flu at the Thursday concert at P2. There is something touching about the situation: Three musicians giving a concert in a huge, empty concert hall (due to the Covid-19 pandemic). Because they just so much want to play…

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02 Sep 2019 | Gramophone | by Richard Bratby

A Beethoven Trio

…three players moving forward together into a strange and wonderful new world…

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01 Sep 2019 | The Strad | by Peter Quantrill

Trio con Brio Copenhagen: Beethoven

Recorded as if from above, with each member accorded their own space, Trio con Brio Copenhagen captures Beethoven as a Romantic in the making from the first bars of op.1 no.3. Its string-playing sisters deploy some discreet portamento and finely graded vibrato without recourse to the exaggeration that occasionally mars the more storied Faust/Queyras/Melnikov recordings on Harmonia Mundi. The expansive first movement gathers intensity during its development section and puts on the armour of light that would be worn to such revolutionary effect five years later in the First Symphony. I like the minuet’s teasing accents and Jens Elvekjaer’s pearly right-hand flourishes – he’s playing a modern grand, but you could confuse it for a drawing-room fortepiano in the Mendelssohnian trio. The finale fairly leaps out of the blocks: here is the sound of the 18th century straining at the seams.

Considered purely as trio playing, the ‘Archduke’ enjoys no less sophisticated, stylistically up-to-date execution: there is no obvious leader in an ensemble of such alert and creative musicians. I miss, however, a sense of the work’s scale, notwithstanding generous tempos in the first three movements which climax in a deeply felt Andante cantabile. Here, perhaps, the recording keeps us at arm’s length, emphasising the Trio’s care over beautifully finished details of texture rather than taking in broader horizons. For those, turn to Oistrakh and friends – but for Beethoven con brio, look no further.

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