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Leonore Piano Trio

Chamber Ensemble

  • powerful with an expansive lush sound
    Waikato Times
  • sumptuous breadth and beguiling warmth […]Revelatory playing
    The Observer
  • The Leonore Piano Trio brings together three internationally acclaimed artists whose piano trio performances under the umbrella of Ensemble 360 were met with such enthusiastic responses that they decided to form a piano trio in its own right. The Leonore Trio has already given a concert series in Italy, followed by a three-week tour of New Zealand, where their concert in Hamilton was broadcast on Radio New Zealand. The Trio also played to and coached a group of young musicians as part of the Sistema Aotearoa programme, gave a concert in the New Zealand Parliament, and were adjudicators of the Royal Over-seas League New Zealand Chamber Music Competition.

    They gave the first performance of “Holkam Beach”, a piece written for and dedicated to the trio by Simon Rowland-Jones and have been asked by the eminent composer, David Matthews to record his three Piano Trios.

    In 2015 the Trio will embark on a project to perform all the works by Beethoven for piano trio, piano and violin, and piano and cello.

    The Leonore Trio’s debut recording for Hyperion of the Piano Trios of Anton Arensky and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Vocalise was released in March 2014.

    • Arensky’s Piano Trios Hyperion CDA68015
      3 March 2014

      the Leonore Trio do much to persuade us to listen anew to Arensky – too often dismissed as a lightweight Tchaikovsky – playing with sumptuous breadth and beguiling warmth in the first trio, and with appropriate seriousness of intent in the altogether graver second. Revelatory playing from Benjamin Nabarro, violin, Gemma Rosefield, cello, and Tim Horton, piano.
      The Observer ****
      The Leonores play with truly glorious affection and security, and it is hard to imagine playing of a greater empathy. Balance (there is no artificial highlighting) and sound are ideal.
      Gramophone ‘Choice’
      The Leonore Piano Trio offer an all-Arensky adventure [...] Masterly performance, handsomely recorded , with a range of tone-colours from pianist Tim Horton and a specially lovely lead back into the main melody of the F minor’s Romance from violinist Benjamin Nabarro
      BBC Music Magazine****
      These works make an admirable CD and one must applaud the performances of the Leonore ensemble in both, for it manages to capture their subtly varied essence and style ideally. The musicians here manage to hold the underlying pulse of the first movement of the D minor together without making it appear stiff or unnatural, at the same time as applying those myriad touches of refinement and expression without appearing contrived. In other words, in this difficult long movement (14 minutes) the attention is fully held, and in the succeeding three movements their playing is equally admirable – especially in the elegiac Adagio, where in the closing passage Gemma Rosefield’s cello tone is first-rate and in the finale displaying an admirable combination of varied emotional strengths and architectural expression. […] The Leonore Trio manages to extract an underlying vein of passionate commitment that sheds fresh light on the familiar, endlessly melodic line. The result is indeed fine.
      International Record Review 'Outstanding'
      Britain’s Leonore Piano Trio is outstanding in the two Arensky Piano Trios (Hyperion CDA68015). Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Op.32 was written in 1894 and, in keeping with the commemorative nature of the piano trio form established by Tchaikovsky some 12 years earlier, was conceived as a memorial to the cellist Karl Davidoff, the director of the St. Petersburg Conservatory during Arensky’s student days there. The cello consequently has a very prominent part in the Trio. Pianist Tim Horton sets the stage with a beautiful opening; violinist Benjamin Nabarro adds a warm, sweet tone, especially in the lower register; and cellist Gemma Rosefield’s passionate playing leaves nothing to be desired. The Piano Trio in F Minor Op.73 dates from the early 1900s, not long before Arensky’s death in 1906 and at a time when the composer was in poor health. It’s another terrific work, and one that draws more outstanding playing from the Leonore ensemble. Among Arensky’s pupils in his harmony class at the Moscow Conservatory was Sergei Rachmaninov, and the latter’s Vocalise is presented here in an arrangement by Rachmaninov’s friend Julius Conus, who was also one of Arensky’s students at the Conservatory. Everything about this outstanding CD is just right: the works themselves; the great ensemble playing; the interpretations; the excellent dynamics and phrasing; and the real passion and sensitivity displayed throughout. Add the excellent balance and sound quality, and it’s a real winner.
    • Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, New Zealand
      14 November 2012

      The Royal Over-Seas League enables the best chamber music groups from universities to compete for a very substantial scholarship. This was the sixth consecutive year that the competition has been held at the Academy. It is tradition that some from the adjudicating panel perform at the opening concert; this year the judges performing were the Leonore Trio of Timothy Horton, Benjamin Nabarro and Gemma Rosefield. Haydn’s Piano Trio No 27 was played with all the characteristics of classical style; elegance, clarity, crispness and a sense of elastic tempi as Horton sparkled his way through the virtuoso piano part, allowing the accompaniment to meld into the background. In Ravel’s Piano Trio the ethereal hues and the reflective nuances captured the poignant moments. The Pantoum was exciting, while the Passacaille portrayed a bleaker terrain. The Finale was beautifully opulent with its warm lustres and full-bodied optimism. Holkham Beach by Simon Rowland-Jones was characterful as it traversed many moods which flowed almost seamlessly from one to the other; from the bleak to the scampering, from insecurity to fortitude and with a Presto full of energy and drama. Dvořák’s Piano Trio Op.65 was powerful with an expansive lush sound where Nabarro and Rosefield created a lovely blend and balance with the tuneful grazioso. The warmness and delicate phrasing of the Poco Adagio with its long legato lines were tinged with melancholy. The varieties of colours, energy and drive in the Allegro con brio were finely paced so that it built layers to its final climax. A great programme, a marvelous performance, what music making is all about. Make time to hear the finalists and scholarship winners in their concert on Friday 16th.
      Andrew Buchanan-Smart ,Waikato Times
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      Photographer credit: Eric Richmond
    • Photographer credit: Eric Richmond
      Photographer credit: Eric Richmond
    • Photographer credit: Eric Richmond
      Photographer credit: Eric Richmond