"Three strong voices, locked in sequence."
The New York Times
"Trio triumphs at Terrace" [headline] The Washington Post
"Violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Clancy Newman made a fine team, twining and
dovetailing their lines to eloquent effect, not least in Schubert’s expansively
lyrical writing. Underpinning the strings was pianist Yael Weiss’s liquid tone
and unfailingly wise phrasing"
“an immensely accomplished ensemble…. This is almost certainly how Brahms wanted
and expected his music to be played…”
International Record Review
“…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.”
”Newman’s magnificently resonant cello, Kaplan’s soaring violin at its sweetest,
and Weiss’ piano in gently rhapsodic mode gave the music a special bloom,
exquisite, ardent, and fresh.”
"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
"the "Archduke"... was an astounding finale. It was full of
life, color, and raw power... fiercely innovative and engaging"
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Brahms Trio op. 8
op 1, #3 (I)
Smetana Trio (finale)
Beethoven op 1, #2
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Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio
Beethoven Triple Concerto
SouthCoastToday.com [PDF] "energy, artistry and precision"
Brahms/Smetana CD Review International
Record Review PDF "recommended with confidence”
Brahms/Smetana CD Review Fanfare
"absolutely one fabulous chamber music recording"
Brahms/Smetana CD Review
American Record Guide "virtuosity with a rare concentration"
Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio at the Kennedy Center, January 2012
"robust, exuberant performances"
Brahms/Smetana CD Review
Cleveland Plain Dealer "a performance full of warmth and vitality”
Brahms/Smetana CD Review “…one of the best chamber music CDs you
are likely to hear, this or any year.”
Beethoven Piano Trio
Cycle 2011 - Review #1 "a gem of an ensemble"
Beethoven Piano Trio Cycle 2011 - Review #2 "exceptionally
high levels of unity"
Beethoven Piano Trio Cycle 2011 - Review #3
"performed here with gusto and buoyancy"
at SummerFest, June 2010
Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio 2nd SummerFest, June 2010
Trio in Washington
Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio & Guest Artists play Mendelssohn
Trio in Santa Rosa
Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio in New York
Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio in Terre Haute
Mark Kaplan replaces Jaime Laredo in the Barber Concerto
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
photo credit: J. Henry Fair