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“…one of the best chamber music CDs you are likely to hear, this or any year.”
"...a performance full of warmth and
Cleveland Plain Dealer
8, 1st mvmt
"Three strong voices, locked in sequence."
The New York Times
“…performances were splendid and idiomatic…”
The Washington Post
”All three performers were able to project a strong musical
personality while nurturing a fine ensemble sound.”
"Great ensemble playing"
The Washington Post
"a class act!"
"A beguiling, energetic new chapter"
New York Sun
"Dynamic new ensemble"
Chamber Music Magazine
"Then there was [the trio] itself. When it played Beethoven's overexposed
"Archduke" Trio, every moment felt new. How often does that happen?
"The dovetailing of give-and-take among the members...was seamless, and their
playing swept up the listener....This performance was delightful in every
respect.... With ethereal pianissimos, lockstep ensemble, and heart-felt
phrasing, [the trio] gave one of the most completely convincing interpretations
of this sprawling jewel [Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat] that I have
Classical Voice North Carolina
Tour programs with notations
Brahms Trio op. 8
op 1, #3 (I)
Smetana Trio (finale)
Beethoven op 1, #2
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Complete Piano Trios of Ludwig van Beethoven - 3 concert cycle
Beethoven Cycles at Princeton and at Indiana University - Bloomington June/July
The Weiss Kaplan Newman trio performed Beethoven's opus 70 #1 and opus 70 #2, along with the "Kakadu"
Variations at Princeton University in late June and then performed the entire
Beethoven Piano Trio cycle at the SummerMusic Festival at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.
Yael, Mark and Clancy started with the the Opus 1 trios, included the famous
"Ghost" trio in the second concert, and concluded with the "Archduke" in the
Critical acclaim was high for each of the
The first: "…a gem of an ensemble. As individuals, the three are
distinguished musicians. Together, they’re a team, in the best sense of the
The second: "...they’ve maneuvered themselves adroitly through every
faced complication and done so at exceptionally high levels of unity"
with gusto and buoyancy"
Interview with Mark Kaplan and Yael Weiss of the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio in
CD REVIEW: Cleveland Plain Dealer [12/2011]
Brahms and Smetana Trios
Yael Weiss, piano; Mark Kaplan, violin; Clancy Newman, cello
Both of the works on this disc were written during the mid-1850s, though Brahms
greatly revised his trio several decades later. The pieces share a sweeping
Romanticism that the members of the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio set forth to
splendid effect. The Brahms (in the final 1889 version) receives a performance
full of warmth and vitality, as does the Smetana trio, a neglected score written
after the death of the composer's young daughter. Grade: A (Donald Rosenberg,
Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Three award-winning soloists
have created one of the most exciting piano trios performing today. The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio
brings to each performance its distinctive fusion of authority and
experience, energy and passion. These three highly acclaimed musicians
- pianist Yael Weiss, violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Clancy Newman
– comprise an ensemble that embraces the music of the future while
offering fresh insights into three centuries of masterworks.
Founded in 2001
(originally as Sequenza), the trio has presented concerts
throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, including recent
appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, at Wigmore Hall
in London, at Princeton, UCLA, Indiana and Oxford Universities, the
Prague Festival, Jeju Island Music Festival in Korea and the Festival
of the Sound in Canada. A recording of Paul Chihara's Ain't No
Sunshine, which the trio commissioned, was released on Bridge
Records in 2008. In addition, a selection from the trio’s appearance
on the nationally broadcast St. Paul Sunday was chosen for the
show’s “Best of the Year” CD.
embraces the repertoire of the future while paying tribute to
three centuries of masterworks, with great performances exploring the
repertoire from the first piano trios to exciting newly commissioned
works. Their innovative programming offers not only piano trios, but
options on mixed repertoire for other instrumental combinations --
both from within the group and with the addition of guest artists on
The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio has been uniformly praised for imaginative programming and
exciting performances. The ensemble also offers residencies, providing
information and inspiration through concert performances, master
classers and private pedagogy.
Yael Weiss, pianist --
Acclaimed as a
pianist of “consummate artistry” (Washington Post) Yael Weiss has performed
across the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea and South America at such venues
as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Wigmore Hall...
Mark Kaplan, violinist -- Internationally acknowledged
as one of the leading violinists of his generation, Mark Kaplan has played with
nearly every major American and European orchestra...
Clancy Newman, cellist --
First prize winner of the 2001 Walter W. Naumburg
International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004,
cellist Clancy Newman has a dual career as both performer and composer...
"...the June 8 concert proved the trio in fine
form. Haydn's E-major Trio revealed Weiss's clean, crisp, articulate
keyboard work, in a first movement full of gumption and a finale that
had plenty of declarative spirit and controlled momentum. It seemed a
logical step from there into Brahms's C-minor Trio, Op. 101, where the Energico first movement lived up to the name and had its fair share of
bite and grit without sacrificing the warmth of its melting string
melody. The fast movement was elegant and deft, the Andante grazioso
flexible and tender, the finale assertive while paying due attention
to the softer aspects of the movement." American Record