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Bushes and briars

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 November 2009 under Florestan Trio, Reviews  •  1 Comment

The critics of Gramophone magazine have been choosing their favourite discs of the year for the December issue, and Peter Quantrill has chosen the Florestan Trio’s latest disc, of Haydn Trios (volume 2), as his personal favourite of 2009.  He writes: ‘I can’t remember a disc of more good, serious fun than the envoi to Haydn […]

‘Alison’s House’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 October 2009 under Daily Life, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

It’s a double-edged feeling when you come across something superb by someone you’ve never heard of. Happy to discover them, but sad that they seem to have fallen through the net of history. That’s how we felt on seeing ‘Alison’s House’, by the American playwright Susan Glaspell, at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. We’d […]

First review of the trio’s new CD

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 October 2009 under Florestan Trio, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

The Florestan Trio’s new disc, a second volume of Haydn piano trios (Hyperion CDA67757), is just arriving in the shops, and the first review appeared yesterday. The magazine International Record Review (October) has given it their ‘Oustanding’ mark.  The review is mainly about the music itself, but it says: ‘Haydn would doubtless have thought well […]

Where are the best reviews?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 March 2009 under Daily Life, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

My trio’s latest record came out recently. Friends were soon sending us reviews they’d found, in newspapers and magazines as well as on the web. I read them all and I started to realise something interesting: the best writing was often found in amateur publications, such as websites run by musical enthusiasts. Admittedly the worst […]