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"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"
Washington Post

“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.”
Classical Sonoma

”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!"
Deseret News

"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?
Philadelphia Inquirer

"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 heard."
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

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Brahms Trio op. 8 (I)
op 1, #3 (I)
Smetana Trio (finale)
Beethoven op 1, #2 (IV)

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Recent Press [PDF]

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 Magazine PDF "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"

Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio at SummerFest, June 2010

Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio 2nd SummerFest, June 2010

Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio in Washington

Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio & Guest Artists play Mendelssohn

Weiss-Kaplan-Newman 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



Brochure [PDF]

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... more  

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... more

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... more

"...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 Guide




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