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Her Voice

Piano Trios by Beach, Clarke, and Farrenc

Chandos Records

Release Date: Fall 2019

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Neave Trio's third album for UK label Chandos Records, Her Voice, celebrates the trailblazing work of three distinguished female composers. One of her most prominent pieces, Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio showcases her unique harmonic language, influenced by both the French and British styles of the early 20th century, as well as by folk music. Amy Beach’s trio was composed late in her career, and incorporates lush romantic melodies over impressionistic tones and colors. A prominent concert pianist and teacher, Louise Farrenc also achieved success as a composer. Her trio conveys inspiration from both the Classical and Romantic eras, but is widely regarded as a notable representation of early Romantic chamber music.

“The Neave Trio, playing superbly, offer three impressive piano trios by women.” - The Times UK

“Three 19th century obscure Romantic gems by three lesser-known yet highly gifted female composers flawlessly and feelingly played by Anna Wiliams, violin, Mikhail Veselov, cello and Eri Nakamura, piano.” - Rafael's Music Notes

 

“The Neave Trio combines a seamless technique, a measured tenderness, and perfect accord as an ensemble.” - Classique HD

 

Celebrating Piazzolla

Azica Records

Release Date: November 16, 2018

 

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"It’s not necessary to slavishly imitate Piazzolla in order to do justice to his music, of course. The Neave Trio play José Bragato’s arrangement of the well-known Primavera porteña (the first of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons) significantly faster than Piazzolla himself, but how thrilling it is ... Verano porteño is similarly electrifying, and I like how in Otoño porteño the Neave seem to be trying to project a bigger, more symphonic sound. It’s stylistically appropriate too ..." - Gramophone

"Neave Trio proves an ideal classical medium for Piazzolla's Las cuatros estaciones porteñas (The Buenos Aires Four Seasons): the music is neither softened by string groups or classical winds, nor simplified in its contrapuntal and harmonic complexity" - AllMusic

"it should come as no surprise that the ensemble plays with character and panache. How well their approach translates to the passionate world of the Argentine tango, though, may come as a bit of a shock … as in, you might be astonished that they didn’t get their collective start in one of Astor Piazzolla’s quintets a thoroughly delightful, engaging album." - The ArtsFuse

Neave Trio Does Astor Piazzolla Proud: "the music-making of the Neave Piano Trio performing arrangements of works by Astor Piazzolla is top-notch ... the energetic edginess, the snap, the rhythm of their arrangement of Las cuatro estaciones porteñas sound convincing, totally invigorating, and, for lack of a better cliché, authentic ... Carla Jablonski’s vocals enrich the next six tracks" - Classics Today

Best Classical CDs of 2018: "Nearly every measure Piazzolla wrote has inviting atmospheres and sensual appeal ... Highly recommended recording, both for the compositions and the committed playing." - Wicked Local

"Together the three musicians craft the feel of a much larger band. Violinist Anna Williams and cellist Mikhail Veselov take turns evoking the bandoneón through a combination of technique and imaginative force. Pianist Eri Nakamura summons orchestral depth, by turns dark and brilliant, from the keys ... New arrangements and superbly sensitive performances like these continue to nourish that thriving forest a quarter-century after his death." - Blog Critics

"The Neave Trio is to be congratulated for their passionate fresh ideas of ensemble and instrumental performance. Their expertise in sound creation, playing and improvising create a new way to hear Piazzolla’s work." - The Whole Note

"This was a remarkably well-done album. The excellent sound quality, the collaboration with musicians familiar with Astor Piazzolla, and the excellent technique by all musicians involved speaks well of this young ensemble." - Audiophile Audition

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French Moments

Chandos Records

Release Date: June 1, 2018

 

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“Passion, vibrancy and a riot of colours characterise the Neave Trio's disc for Chandos. French Moments … sees the ensemble bringing eloquent phrasing and deft control of textures to works by Fauré, Debussy and Roussel.” – The Strad

"The performances balance passion with sensitivity and grace." – BBC Music Magazine

"[Fauré's Piano Trio] is scrupulously played and emotionally reined in . . . Debussy is all sparking elegance and wit . . .the slow movement [of Roussel's Piano Trio], with its closely woven string counterpoint over insistent piano chords, has a dark intensity and is most beautifully done." – Gramophone

"The Best New Recordings of 2018 (So Far) . . . The up-and-coming Neave Trio makes a compelling case for these lesser-known piano trios by Roussel, Debussy and Fauré, coloring them with exquisite phrasing and delicate touch." – WQXR

“RECORDING OF THE MONTH . . . All three of these very gifted players have such manifest commitment to, and love of, the music they perform . . . This is a superb disc." – Music Web International

"the players find what's important and stirring in the music . . . The Debussy Piano Trio No. 1 in G major . . . is given an entirely appropriate brisk, slightly brash performance . . . this album will satisfyingly fill many an empty space in collections of French music." – AllMusic

“These are such talented musicians, and they've put together another fascinating CD program . . . This is powerful, moving music, played with great sentiment but also grace and finesse.” – Music for Several Instruments

“The three piano trios offered by the Neave Trio . . . provide perfect vehicles to justify the etymology of the ensemble’s chosen title, since ‘Neave’ derives from the Gaelic designation for ‘bright’ and ‘radiant’. . . The Neave Trio has imbued this rare chamber work with a sonic luster elegant and refined." – Audiophile Audition

"What they’ve got here, on their second Chandos album, is wonderful ... Debussy’s G-major Trio is the disc’s centerpiece and is played with a delicate touch ... they freely dig into [Roussel's] lyrical extremes, making vivid work of the stirring opening movement and delivering a haunting, introspective reading of the second ... there’s plenty of drama to be found in the Neave’s performance ... a fresh, enticingly-played release, highly recommended." – The ArtsFuse

 

American Moments

Chandos Records

Release Date: November 4, 2016

 

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"An assured performance replete with snappy rhythms and tasteful dynamics . . . a very pleasing listen, and an enlightening introduction to some seldom-heard but very worthwhile music by composers born in, or who made a strong mark in, the United States." – Blogcritics

"a delight . . . persuasive and well recorded" – Music Web International

"The Neave Trio does a fine job with this music. The playing is precise and the trio is clearly committed . . . I enjoyed my time listening to this disk, and all of the music was refreshingly new" – Audiophile Audition

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"'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making."

 

- Robert Sherman, WQXR Radio

 

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