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"...a highly impressive ensemble..."

Richard Bratby, Gramophone Magazine

"Meet the Artist" - by Frances Wilson 

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"...an instant ear-grabber..."

Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc

"Recording of the month" - Music Web International

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"...powerful and convincing...the Delta Piano Trio delivers strongly characterized performances..."

BBC Music Magazine

"The Delta Piano Trio is a bright-eyed and talented ensemble of young musicians. I am delighted that they bring their gifts to my music with such passion and mature understanding." 

Lera Auerbach

"Glowing performances of three great piano trios. Be it in the most energetic or in the very quiet and meditative passages, the Delta Piano trio plays with great intensity and crackling tension."

Remy Frank, Pizzicato Magazine

"..with youthful vigor, many ideas, cheeky wit and deep thoughtfulness they delight their audience. Non-ending applause is the reward. Not only that, their great stage presence and wonderful playing are a delight, their playing position, the eye contact, the visible effort, the being overcome with the impressive fortissimo passages - all this makes the second part of the concert to an absolute highlight for all the senses. One would have liked to have heard more.."

Stefan Reitbauer,  Drehpunkt Kultur

"Regarded by fellow musicians as one of the most promising young ensembles, the Delta Piano Trio have made a name for themselves with their raw, uncompromising musicianship, their energy and a willingness to invest oneself beyond comfort..."

Julian Hanck, Bachtrack

"..brilliant, thoughtful and novel music-making. I cannot speak highly enough of the Delta Piano Trio. If this adventurous issue is anything to go by, theirs is a future of infinite promise."

Richard Hanlon, Music Web International

"Zwei wie Eis und Feuer" - SPIEGEL

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"Delta Piano Trio: virtuosity and elegance at Conway Hall" - Bachtrack

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Review "The mirror with Three Faces" in BBC Music Magazine 

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"Op het scherpst van de snede - The Mirror with Three Faces" - Klassieke Zaken

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Review "The mirror with Three Faces" in Luister

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"Delta Pianotrio geeft groots visitekaartje af" - Trouw

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Review "The Mirror with Three Faces" in Pizzicato Magazine 

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Interview in Portici Magazine

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"Im Russland der Gegensätze - Review Salzburger Kammermusik Festival"

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REVIEWS & MEDIA

Review Fonoforum

July. 9, 2018 


Delta Piano Trio given five stars in FonoForum by Burkhard Schäfer!

 

“The playing of the "Deltas" is highly concentrated and of equal intellectual clarity, while infinitely fragile, even tender, spiced with a pinch of nostalgia. Also the interpetation of the famous Trio no. 2 of Shostakovich bursts of vitality."

Read the full review in German here!

Recording of the month - Music Web International 

June. 30, 2018 

Music Web International choses "The Mirror with three faces" as their RECORDING OF THE MONTH and Richard Hanlon writes a passionate review of the Delta Piano Trio's new recording. Read the full article here!

"In the booklet accompanying this issue, this young Dutch piano trio introduce themselves in a delightful preface which details the serendipity behind their formation, their approach to rehearsal and their views on performance and touring. There’s real humility and humanity here and reading it I found myself liking their style before I’d even heard a note, and really wanting to like this disc. Well I do, very much.

Naxos released their debut recording in 2017: it contained trios by Taneyev and Borodin. This splendid follow-up contains more Russian repertoire, albeit of more recent provenance (Lera Auerbach is Russian-born but actually defected to America in her late teens). The pieces are aptly chosen. Coupling a towering masterpiece of the 20th century piano trio canon with two less familiar 21st century examples gives the group the opportunity to stamp their identity on a familiar work, while at the same time establishing a benchmark for the Auerbach pieces. They achieve these objectives most convincingly. 

In fact, there is nothing ‘familiar’ about Shostakovich’s second trio in this fresh and fascinating account. ‘Playing safe’ is clearly not part of the Delta’s artistic manifesto, yet there is nothing wilful or pretentious about this performance. There is a sense of the players taking the piece by the scruff of the neck and re-interpreting its many ambiguities in interesting, revealing ways. Hugh Collins Rice’s perceptive note hits the nail on the head by identifying the moment of the trio’s conception, plumb between the tragic, heart-on-sleeve Eighth symphony and the ironic, biting Ninth. The core of this trio seems to lie in a corridor of ambivalence between these two emotional states. That assumption provides the context for the Deltas’ imaginative and often thrilling ‘re-telling’.

The stratospherically high opening muted strings sound especially frigid and fragile here, as though the birth of this work will be difficult at least, almost beyond the bounds of human control. In Odradek’s incredibly detailed recording, the listener misses neither a breath nor a heartbeat. This sounds like a reading borne of years of experience of the work rather than one by a group at the dawn of their career.   The quick staccato tread of the strings as the Andante proceeds is more pronounced and ‘grainier’ than on more familiar recordings. It presents a convincing contrast to the opening. Each successive idea is freshly presented, fully considered and assimilated into the Delta’s cogent vision of the whole. The whirlwind Allegro con brio scherzo is virtuosically delivered, the string effects at its conclusion spat out most strangely. This is not remotely cosy -The Delta’s playing here is frankly thrilling. Gerard Spronk’s violin cantilena at the start of the Largo is frozen and heart-breaking. The pianist seemingly has little do in this temporally brief yet spiritually infinite passacaglia other than to release its 48 chords into the air, but how they hang! This desolate music drips with pointlessness, waste and loss. It is profoundly affecting.  The ‘Dance of Death’ finale presents the ambiguities of the whole clothed in possibly the most dramatic sonic garb I have yet encountered. The dynamic and textural contrasts are exaggerated most tastefully and tellingly better to convey Shostakovich’s terrifying message. This is brilliant, thoughtful and novel music-making. Its power is considerably amplified by Odradek’s terrific recording. Hearing the Delta Piano Trio here took me back to the last time I was so impressed by a new chamber group. That was the Pavel Haas String Quartet’s debut releases of Janacek and Haas on Supraphon. On this evidence, this group certainly belong in that august company.

I cannot speak highly enough of the Delta Piano Trio. If this adventurous issue is anything to go by, theirs is a future of infinite promise.  The Odradek recording is absolutely outstanding; it projects elemental detail rendered in a naturally warm acoustic. It’s the second, superb product from this source that I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing inside a week. A must for all lovers of the genre, the absorbing account of the Shostakovich deserves the widest possible currency in its own right."

Review in Luister

May. 26, 2018 

Another raving review for "The Mirror with Three Faces" - In the Dutch magazine "Luister"

"Hoewel het Nederlands Delta Piano Trio relatief jong is - het drietal kwam elkaar in 2013 in Salzburg tegen - klinkt het gezelschap inmiddels als een rijp kamermuziekensemble. Het trio gaat met deze tweede cd, na een goed ontvangen debuut met zelden gespeelde trio’s van Borodin en Tanejev, ook weer op avontuur met Dmitri Sjostakovitsj’ schrijnende Tweede Pianotrio uit 1944 en twee werken van de Russisch-Amerikaanse componiste Lera Auerbach (1973). Pianiste Vera Kooper kwam het werk al surfend op het internet tegen op zoek naar interessante hedendaagse muziek en was meteen verkocht. En terrecht. Haar twee pianotrio’s op deze cd - Pianotrio nr. 1 uit 1994 en Pianotrio nr. 2 ‘Triptichon - Der Spiegel mit den drei Gesichtern’ uit 2012 - balanceren op een speelse manier tussen Bach en Mahler, tussen tonaal en atonaal, tussen grimmig en luchtig. Het polystilisme van Alfred Schnittke komt in gedachten langs, maar ze heeft een contempotainere toon die vooral in het tweede trio leidt tot een even fascinerend als raadselachtig werk, waarin ‘reflectie’ een hoofdrol speelt. Het Delta Piano Trio speelt alles met een buitengewone autoriteit en maakt vooral met de laatste twee delen van Sjostakovitsj’ trio een intens hoogtepunt van deze plaat."

 

Paul Janssen

Luister 

Review Lübecker Kammermusikfest 

May. 25, 2018 

"Das niederländisch, sehr homogen gestaltende Delta Piano Trio mit Gerard Spronk (Violine), Irene Enzlin (Cello) und Vera Kooper (Klavier) begeisterte dann mit einer feinsinnigen Interpretation von Antonín Dvořáks melodischem Dumky-Trio..."

Wonderful review in German of the "Internationales Lübecker Kammermusikfest"! Read the full review here

Gramophone Magazine 

Mar. 30, 2018 

Richard Bratby reviewed The Mirror with Three Faces for Gramophone Magazine;

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTOR - THREE'S COMPANY

"... there's still an unmistakeable sense of [Lera Auerbach's] music fitting into the Russian tradition of Shostakovich, whose Second Trio, in a vivid, wide-eyed performance, opens the disc. There's definitely something serious going on beneath the surface here and the Delta Piano Trio manage to find it - even while throwing themselves wholeheartedly into Auerbach's seagull cries, motorbike drones and wobbly imitations of a musical saw. You'll need a sense of humour, but I found it irresistible."

BBC Music Magazine 

Mar. 30, 2018 

Erik Levy for BBC Music Magazine:

"The Delta Piano Trio deliver a very powerful and convincing account of Shostakovich's Second Piano Trio, one which takes nothing in the music for granted. Throughout, there is a keen attention to details often overlooked by other interpreters. Good examples are their exaggeratedly snarling surges of sound which bring a particularly subversive element to the already frenzied Scherzo, and the violin's grotesquely rasping open E string in the Jewish dance at the start of the Finale. Apart from these significant interpretive nuances, the Delta Piano Trio also has a fine grasp of longer-term structure, as reflected in the way they control the rise and fall in intensity of the Passacaglia, then trace the slow yet inexorable build-up of bitterness and anger through the Finale to overwhelming effect.

 

Lera Auerbach's sound world inhabits similar realms of irony and darkness as Shostakovich, even though she employs a more advanced musical language that owes much to Alfred Schnittke. Her first Piano Trio, completed when she was only 21 years of age, has some striking ideas, in particular a sequence of high glissandos on the cello near the end of the first movement that evokes the sound of seagulls.

 

The Second Trio, composed 20 years later, is more complex in design, but retains the earlier work's capacity to communicate vivid musical images. As in the Shostakovich, the Delta Piano Trio delivers strongly characterized performances and Odradek's recording is both warm and clear."

Lebrecht Listens 

Mar. 30, 2018 

Norman Lebrecht about the Mirror with Three Faces:

"THE DELTA PIANO TRIO STAYS TRUE TO SHOSTAKOVICH AND AUERBACH

...this is an instant ear-grabber.... 

...The Delta Piano Trio's account of Shostakovich's second string trio, dated 1944, leaves no doubt to the composer's state of mind in the closing stages of the Second World War. Ostensibly a tribute to a late friend, Ivan Sollertinsky, the work ripples with anger and frustration at pointless deaths and ruined lives - the appalling legacy of the Stalin-Hitler era. The last two movements, with their overt Hebrew melodies, are a protest at Soviet indifference to the Nazi holocaust of the Jews. I don't think I have ever heard the finale played with more explicit regard to the composer's intentions.

 

...Gerard Spronk, Irene Enzlin and Vera Kooper are the excellent trio players, and Odradek's new Italian studio sounds idyllic."

Delta Piano Trio live on Dutch Radio 4

Mar. 30, 2018 

The trio talked to Hans Haffmans about their new cd and their love for the music of Shostakovich and Auerbach. 

Listen to the full broadcast here

Interview on Dutch TV about "The Mirror with Three Faces"

Mar. 30, 2018 

The trio appeared on "Vrije Geluiden" to talk about their new CD and the music of Shostakovich and Lera Auerbach. 

Watch the interview here!

Review "Mirror with Three Faces" in Trouw

March. 30, 2018

A wonderful review for The Mirror with Three Faces in the Dutch newspaper "Trouw"!

"Delta Piano Trio gives off impressive business card"

 

'One of the iconic chamber music works of the 20th century is the Piano Trio no. 2 in e minor, op. 67, by Dmitri Shostakovich. The work, written in 1944, is an epitaph for a friend of the composer who passed away, as well as for the millions of Jews who were murdered in concentration camps at that time. The hesitating and chilling beginning with thin harmonics is the ultimate voicing of that suffering. 


The young Delta Piano Trio gives off an impressive business card with a very intense performance of this work. Violinist Gerard Spronk, cellist Irene Enzlin and pianist Vera Kooper guarantee a very inspired performance. They combine Shostakovich with two trios of Russian composer Lera Auerbach (1973). Her compact Piano Trio no. 1 is grafted on Shostakovich's sound world, but certainly has an own identity, shown for example in the bizarre, quasi-baroque opening with sounds of screaming seagulls.


Her grand Piano Trio no. 2, 'This Mirror Has Three Faces', is a fascinating, three-part music mirror in which the composer makes the listener doubt what is reality and what reflection.
This CD, also gorgeously designed, calls for further acquaintance with Lera Auerbach and the Delta Piano Trio"
 

Christo Lelie
Trouw, 30.03.18

"Cliff-edge Intensity" - Review in Klassieke Zaken

March. 30, 2018

Gerard Scheltens reviewed The Mirror with Three Faces for Dutch magazine Klassieke Zaken:

"After recording a succesful Taneyev-Borodin CD for Naxos Records - exceptional repertoire and exceptionally well-played - there are many reasons to look forward to a second CD from Vera Kooper (piano), Gerard Spronk (viool) and Irene Enzlin (cello), who make up the Dutch Delta Piano Trio.

 

There are already quite a few recordings of Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2, a harrowing and poignant lamentation on the death of a friend, but this new recording certainly adds something: a cliff-edge intensity. It is music that leaves the listener sitting on the edge of his seat. It is, however, the combination with the recording with the two piano trios by Lera Auerbach, the composer who left the Soviet-Union at the age of 17 to spread her wings in the US which makes this CD particularly interesting. Auerbach is 44 years old now and her oeuvre is both original and idiosyncratic.

 

Because of Auerbach's music's refined variety of tonal and atonal elements, you could call her a kindred-spirit of Alfred Schnittke. This music could be labelled "post-modern" or "eclectic", but her music is more; fresher while more intense, exciting and constantly varied. This music fits the Delta Piano Trio like a glove, as they work their way to the top."

The Mirror with Three Faces in Spiegel!

March. 17, 2018

Spiegel featured The Mirror with Three Faces! 

"Das erst 2013 in Salzburg gegründete Delta Piano Trio hat sich einfühlsam mit Lera Auerbachs Musik beschäftigt, woraus eine Freundschaft mit der Komponistin erwuchs. Eine Vertrautheit, die man hört.

Gerade das namensgebende Kernstück der CD "The Mirror With Three Faces" lag den Trio-Mitgliedern Vera Kooper (Klavier), Gerard Spronk (Violine) und Irene Enzlin (Cello) besonders am Herzen. Beinahe orchestral anschwellende Parts ("First Unfolding") weben in kurzer Zeit ein dichtes Klanggeflecht, dem ein tänzerisch auftrumpfendes Intermezzo folgt. Auerbachs Stil der wechselnden Akzente und Klangfarben macht aus dem "Spiegel mit den drei Gesichtern" ein scharfes Kontrastbild zum vorangestellten Piano Trio No.1, das dafür in seiner konzentrierten Knappheit fasziniert. Die Ouvertüre der CD mit e-moll-Trio Op.67 vom Dmitrij Schostakowitsch, einem verwandten Meister der Kammermusik, darf sicher als Vorbild-Entwurf verstanden werden."

Read the full article in German here.

5- star review in Pizzicato Magazine!

March 25, 2018

★★★★★
 

Remy Frank gives the Delta Piano Trio a five-star review in Pizzicato Magazine. 

"Glowing performances of three great piano trios. Be it in the most energetic or in the very quiet and meditative passages, the Delta Piano trio plays with great intensity and crackling tension."

Read the full review in German here!

Delta Piano Trio on BBC Radio 3 

Jan. 30, 2018

The Delta Piano Trio talked to Katie Derham about their upcoming projects, their start as a trio and...pancakes (!) on BBC Radio 3's In Tune.

Click here to listen to the full broadcast. 

5-star review on Bachtrack for London Recital 

Dec. 6, 2016 

DELTA PIANO TRIO: VIRTUOSITY AND ELEGANCE AT CONWAY HALL
*****

By Julien Hanck, 05 December 2016

Regarded by fellow musicians as one of the most promising young ensembles, the Delta Piano Trio have made a name for themselves with their raw, uncompromising musicianship, their energy and a willingness to invest oneself beyond comfort. Their programme, though, was made for comfort, featuring two solid standards: Mendelssohn's exquisite Piano trio no. 1 in D minor and Rachmaninov's romantic 'Trio Élégiaque'. Between these towering masterpieces, Lera Auerbach's First Piano Trio gave a tantalizing taste of Schnittkian insanity.

It was interesting to hear a less gushy and overblown interpretation of Rachmaninov’s G minor trio than one normally encounters. Keeping composure is very important in this work, whose impact is dependent on retention and intensification effects. Yet the Delta Piano Trio managed to keep an iron grip on dynamics and tempo, without tangling up in rubatos. Gerard Spronk and Irene Enzlin were passionate, eluding wanton prettification. As for Vera Kooper, thoroughness and beauty of tone shone in equal measure throughout this 15 minute work. And this was just the opening number....
 

Read the full review here

Delta Piano Trio on Dutch TV-show "Vrije Geluiden"

Sept. 29, 2015 

Following their succes at the International Orlando Competition, the trio was invited to the Vrije Geluiden studio to talk about their recent prize, their affinity with the music of Beethoven and Auerbach and their future plans! 

Watch their performance of Lera Auerbach's first piano trio here.