- Piano Trio
Trio Wanderer press reviews
(...) The best to be had today when it comes to trios. Throughout the years, Wanderer trio have been able to shine thanks to their homogeneous, original sound, "physical" style and free interpretation of their repertoire.
Le Monde (France)
(...) The turbulent Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor has long ranked among Mendelssohn’s most popular chamberworks; accordingly, there is no shortage of recorded performances, including several by ad hoc supergroups. Few manage as exquisite a balance among instruments as that achieved by the Trio Wanderer on its 2007 CD, which also includes a compelling account of the Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor. Trio Wanderer’s playing in the Second’s demonic Scherzo will have you on the edge of your seat.
New York Times (USA)
(...) With each piece the "Trio Wanderer" found its own language and its own clear style. Their playing discipline is fascinating. The way the musicians draw different lines, the degree of intensity, the regulation of dynamics, how they emphasize or permit different voices get through whilst consciously taking into account the consequences upon the collective sound, and to top it all how they bestow the music with its individual breath: a sheer miracle.
Salzburger Nachrichten (Salzburg Festival - Austria)
(...) Wandering Stars - It was clear from the outset that the Trio Wanderer's recital at the Wigmore Hall was to be very special. That no other artist that month came close to capturing the essence of music as this young French group did speaks volumes for the quality of its performances.-They have a near-telepathie musical sensibility. What so impresses about this group is its command of the emotional panorama of the music. In short, an awe-inspiring evening.
The Strad (UK)
(...) The Wanderers take us on an exhilarating emotional rollercoaster ride, with a wonderful sense of conversational repartee in the fast outer movements and rapt expressions of wonderment in Schubert’s sublime, songful slow movements. All three players are outstanding musicians.
The Times (UK)
(...) Such fusion of spirit and style is hard to find in a trio. All three artists contribute to the trio's perfect homogeneity. Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian's violin is superb, Raphaël Pidoux's cello sings freely and Vincent Coq's piano is faultlessly well-rounded and almost symphonic. The Trio stand out at once for their fullness of sound, power and youthful energy.
(...) It has been my lot to hear Haydn’s Piano trio No. 17 several times recently, but never with such supreme, sparkling generosity as at the well attended evening concert with the French Trio Wanderer (who are playing again this evening). The piano’s combination of soaring lightness and rhythmic intensity was matchless, the strings met in a slender but noble sonority where the cello elevated itself expressively beyond the purely supportive, and the balance was perfect. This jubilant experience was movingly rounded off by Schubert’s elegiac ‘Notturno’, moulded as in one piece with miraculously melting transitions.
(...) The Trio's qualities became obvious at once: a piano bursting with inspiring energy, a wonderfully intense and lyrical violin, and a cello with deep, full sounds. Their style can further be characterized by its typically French distinctness and airy lightness.
Nürnberg Zeitung (Germany)
(...) Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian is a wonderful violinist, elegant, sober - a born virtuoso. Raphaël Pidoux is a superb cellist with deeply moving and truly lyrical accents. As for Vincent Coq, he at once exhibits total musicality and breathtaking technical skills: three partners whose hearts have been keeping the same beat for eleven years.
Le Figaro (France)
(...) As an admirer not only of Saint-Saens's chamber music but also of the Wanderer Trio's previous releases, especially their Haydn and Shostakovich, I came to this recording with high expectations-all of which, I'm happy to say, have been exceeded. A dance-like elegance continually harassed by rhapsodic explosiveness best sums up these sparkling performances...
(...) In Graz' Stephanensaal, they exhibited their remarkable technique and exceptional sonorous richness through a series of interpretations which were both intense and spirited. They will be remembered for their perfect stylistic simplicity, ceaselessly renewed inspiration and finely gradated dynamics. A priceless evening!
Neue Zeit (Austria)