Vienna Piano Trio - Reviews

Due to the copyright restrictions in Germany and Switzerland these are only a few reviews which we are explicitly allowed to use. Unfortunately, for this reason a large number of press reviews may not be used at the moment.

  • Manawatu Standard

  • i.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/lifestyle/73201111/review-vienna-piano-trio-performance-unforgettable

  • The New Zealand Herald - Auckland Town Hall

  • m.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm

  • www.hbdirect.com - CD Beethoven

  • “A welcome task for the Vienna Piano Trio, which spreads enthusiasm with its impressive range of tone colors, dynamics, technical brilliance, and expressive will!” (http://www.hbdirect.com/album/2653827-beethoven-piano-trios-op-70-vienna-piano-trio.html)

  • www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk - Wigmore Hall London

  • “A thoroughly absorbing concert by a trio renowned world wide suddenly transported me into another realm by one movement. It was unexpected and utterly memorable. The movement was the Scherzo – the third of four movements – of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 1 in D minor. It was played with scintillating panache and, where needed, a gauziness. It is a movement where the piano reigns supreme, and Stefan Mendl had the touch and the musicianship for the occasion. […] breathless performance.” (Reg Burnard, 23.01.14)

  • www.classicalsource.com - Wigmore Hall London

  • “Ensemble between the Vienna members was extremely well drilled, and Stefan Mendl, with many notes to play, kept an ideal balance between the piano and the strings, his clarity giving the music its special energy. The warm-hearted slow movement fulfilled its role as a ‘song without words’, the strings dovetailing with inviting intensity. […] The players’ dynamic was huge here, the swell to fortissimo reaching striking volume as they powered to the finish.” (Ben Hogwood, 20.01.14)

  • Belfast Telegraph - Opening concert Enniskillen Festival

  • “A totally absorbing, triumphant start.” (Terry Blain, 23.8.13)

  • Palm Beach Daily News

  • “The Vienna Piano Trio gave a concert marked by impeccable ensemble, virtuoso playing and penetrating interpretations. […] The Trio is an exciting and eminently artistic group that plays with high intensity, and the result is total satisfaction.” (Joseph Youngblood, 20.2.13)

  • Classical Music Sentinel - CD Saint-Saens

  • “Music notation does not lend itself well to clearly illustrating a composer's expressive intent. Camille Saint-Saëns, like any other composer (although some composers broke them), followed the rules of the day when creating music, so much so as to set his own level of academic perfection on form and structure. Therefore, it takes remarkable musicians to peer through the many layers of erudite writing technique, and uncover the composer's primal emotional impulse within all the cypher-like symbols on the page. The members of the Vienna Piano Trio, violinist Bogdan Bozovic, cellist Matthias Gredler and pianist Stefan Mendl are, such remarkable musicians. They seem to find inspiration behind every note and within every bar. The early Piano Trio Op. 18 in particular receives an enlivened and deeply moving interpretation. This is great chamber music perceived and performed as such. Enough said!” (Jean-Yves Duperron, Nov. 2012)

  • Musicweb International - CD Saint-Saens

  • “The opening movement Allegro vivace featuring a rhythmic and attractive main theme is played by the Vienna Piano Trio with buoyancy creating a warm, optimistic character to the writing. The Andante with its main theme taken from an Auvergne folk song is perhaps even catchier than that in the first movement. Here the Vienna Piano Trio conveys an overall mood of song-like reflection together with suggestions of yearning. […] This is the fourth release I have of Saint-Saëns’ chamber music on MDG, a label that is doing sterling work in championing the French composer. Played by the excellent Vienna Piano Trio this MDG release of the Saint-Saëns Piano Trios will complement any chamber music collection.” (Michael Cookson, 27.11.12)

  • Audiophile Audition - CD Saint-Saens

  • “There are a number of recordings of these works available. I’m familiar with several of them and believe there are so many virtues in the playing of the Vienna Piano Trio and in MDG’s outstanding surround-sound recording that if you want to investigate these fine works, you need not turn elsewhere. The Vienna players approach the First Trio with all the youthful insouciance that’s typical of early Saint-Saëns, while their performance of the Second Trio has the right balance of tenderness and Classical rigor that marks much of later Saint-Saëns. If you don’t know these attractive pieces, right here is the best way to experience them.” (Lee Passarella, 14.12.12)

  • The Ottawa Citizen - July 2012

  • “Given their provenance, it would be surprising if the Vienna Trio didn’t play Haydn well, so it was no surprise that their performance on Friday was eminently satisfying. Beginning with the first movement they conveyed the elegance and good cheer that characterizes most of Haydn’s music. And the jaunty third movement has never sounded jauntier. […]Being Viennese doesn’t give performers any particular leg up with Ravel, but the VPT didn’t need one to deliver a thrilling performance. I say thrilling, but that’s not to suggest that there was any want of subtlety; the score’s many delicacies were exquisite. The extensive unison passages for violin and cello were especially pleasing.”

  • Globes and Mail - Toronto

  • “What they’ve achieved is an admirable unity of purpose, with a strong narrative and dramatic quality to everything they do. Even when their playing intensifies they remain on the same conceptual page, working toward a common musical goal. Furthermore, they’re all so highly skilled technically that technique simply isn’t an issue.”

  • www.classicalsource.co.uk - Wigmore Hall London

  • “The Vienna Piano Trio plays Haydn instinctively well, […] they phrased the tunes attractively, keeping their poise and communicating strongly throughout. There were colourful deviations during the first movement, while the finale was a genuine presto. The central Andante responded well to Stefan Mendl’s fresh tone and affectionate delivery.”

  • International Record Review - CD Haydn

  • „For those who might be coming to Haydn’s piano trios for the first time, there can be no better introduction to them than a new recording featuring the Vienna Piano Trio in four of them, These are extraordenary, idiomatic readings stamped with exceptional vitality, tonal aptness and rhythmic buoyancy.”

  • Fanfare - CD-Review Tchaikovsky & Smetana

  • “[...] is there any better way to play it? I hadn’t heard Tchaikovsky’s Trio in decades, and I don’t remember enjoying its 48 minutes this much.”

  • The Washington Post - Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.

  • “The ensemble overall was amazing; making no eye contact, its members phrased with the greatest freedom made their hair-trigger tempo transitions and produced musical paragraphs of inexorable logic and beauty.”

  • Houston Chronicle

  • “The ensemble sound was impeccably balanced and colorful. […] the members' playing displayed a keen sensitivity to style. […] The carfully calibrated but relentless building of sound, volume and intensity over many measures to an emotional peak was brilliant. The collaboration was a glorious example of vibrant music-making.”

  • Audiophile Audition audaud.com - CD with works by Zemlinsky, Schönberg, Mahler

  • “These three romantic expressions of the Second Viennese School find more than sympathy from the Vienna Piano Trio; they receive symphonic treatment. […] Recommended!”