Albany Piano Trio
“The Albany Piano Trio treated us to a delightfully varied and well chosen menu last night. They opened with Haydn - always good for reassuring an audience that it is in safe hands - and then brought on the surprise dish of the evening, Rebecca Clarke's Piano Trio of 1922. The Albanys are persuasive advocates for this seldom heard piece, which became the talk of the interval, the beautiful central movement having made a particular impression.
Bloch's atmospheric Three Nocturnes refreshed palates before Smetana's grand and volatile Piano Trio Op. 15, which deserves to find its way onto a few wish-lists. The evening ended with a lively encore described as a "combination of cakewalk and klezmer madness arranged by Rachel Stott. The Albany Trio performed with maturity, skill and infectious enthusiasm."
Richmonshire Concert Review: March 5th, 2016
"The Albany Trio found suitably whimsical elegance in That Crazed Smile with its inspiration in A Midsummer Night’s Dream..."
Richard Whitehouse, August 2016
"It was a great pleasure to hear such fastidious musicianship...The Albany Trio are an ensemble of the first order. The fact that these performers have such a fresh and exploratory attitude to building their repertoire is a substantial bonus."
Paul Conway, 2015 Musical Opinion Quarterly
"The accomplished Albany Trio took on two challenging scores by Helen Grime. The first, Three Whistler Miniatures, inspired by a group of chalk and pastel pictures in Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, creates musical canvases of comparable ingenuity. The players negotiated the subtle differentiations of tonal colour skilfully but sounded even more confident in The Brook Sings Loud, with its demonstrative gestures."
Barry Millington, April 2016 Evening Standard
"The Albany Trio's sense of balance and phrasing together with their technical artistry thrilled the audience."
Midweek Herald, 2015
"Here was an ensemble of sheer musicality, technical skill and total rapport between each player."
Cromer Music Evenings, 2013
"The Albany Trio play with passion, panache, deep musical intelligence and with excellent technical assurance. They have a refreshingly direct and selfless approach being concerned only with presenting the music as they feel the composer intended. Above all, they have an obvious joy in playing music together and this was strongly communicated to the audience on our opening night, resulting in considerable positive feedback from the members and visitors attending."
Redbridge Music Society, 2013
"If you get a chance to hear the Albany Trio, I urge you to do so."