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Raphael has recently joined with the two outstanding Israeli artists Hagai Shaham and Arnon Erez to form a piano trio that is already hailed as one of the most exciting and refined ensembles to be heard anywhere
The trio's debut recording of Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No.1 in D Minor and No. 2 in C minor will be released in October, and will be followed by a series on Nimbus Records.
They have already toured in Israel, Holland and Switzerland, and can be heard on 19 February 2012 at Kings Place, London.
"The debut collaboration of these three distinguished soloists is less of an ego-fest than you might imagine. The
reciprocacy in their playing allows you to listen to it as chamber music for its own sake rather than the
musical curiosity these all-star
combinationss can often be - they only show their soloists' mettle when appropriate, and in a way that makes this disc
feel appealingly like you are having your cake and eating it
(there is an engaging amount of this in the D minor Trio in particular, which is never over-egged, despite the first
movement being a definite self-indulgence risk). Their ensemble in the hymn-like opening theme in the first movement
of the C minor Trio is like one voice but rolls into three distinct opinions as the piece progresses, making it
infectiously joyful in all its innate Mozartian intelligence and humour."
Caroline Gill - Gramophone June 2012
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