"Debuting Amatis Trio immediately in the discographic top."De Volkskrant, 21-5-2020
"As a piano trio, we find it particularly interesting to discover music that is seldom recorded or performed. We enjoy the artistic challenge of interpreting such works using our own individual approach and it enables us to offer interesting and diverse programming. The idea of uncovering and recording lesser known pieces for our first CD led us to include a wonderful early work by George Enescu, his Trio No. 1, along with the youthful Benjamin Britten’s Introduction and Allegro. Finding our own voice with these scores, free from preconceived musical ideas or influences, is a process that inspires us. It is an exploration that we regard as an invaluable experience. Both Enescu and Britten found inspiration through Ravel’s music and this in turn led us to his Piano Trio in A minor, hailed as one of the great masterworks of the 20th century...."
Benjamin Britten is one most important British composers from the second half of the twentieth century. Remarkably, he focused on opera, a dying genre, at least in its current form. Britten's contributions however, among which Peter Grimes, The Rape of Lucretia, Gloriana, The Turn of the Screw, and Death in Venice, managed to remain core repertoire for opera companies to this day. Many of these productions included a role for his artistic partner and life companion Peter Pears. Britten also wrote a number of lieder for this tenor, among which his Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra. Yet, Britten excelled in many more genres. He wasn't even 20 years old when he composed his brilliant Phantasy for hobo quartet and his friendship with the legendary cellist Rostropovich led to a Cello sonata, three Suites for cello solo and a Symphony for Cello and orchestra in the 1960s.
Britten never became Master of the Queen's Music, yet he surely had feeling for public sentiments. For example, as a pacifist, he taught his people about world peace through his War Requiem from 1962. Britten was an excellent interpreter of his own work, just like Bartók and Stravinsky. Many of his recordings have been matched, but never exceeded.
Debuting Amatis Trio immediately in the discographic top.
De Volkskrant, 21-5-2020
This young piano trio is dedicated to music that has rarely been performed or recorded. It's the artistic challenge to give such works their own interpretation, free from previous musical ideas or influences.
The Amatis Trio is more than 'promising'.
Opus Klassiek, 23-4-2020