Icicle Creek Piano Trio: Ravel and Schubert
Jennifer Caine, violin
Sally Singer, cello
Oksana Ezhokina, piano
now Volta Piano Trio
"Icicle Creek Piano Trio uses elegance of tone and grace of line and texture…" "transforming sweep of gossamer beauty."
"…this is simply one fantastic performance">
"This is one album that is absolutely worth having."
"A five-star recommendation."
"The performance by the Icicle Creek Trio comes as close to being "definitive" as any I expect to hear in my lifetime."
"Don't judge people by their names?this is a wonderful album! It even made me take delight in the Schubert, a work that usually drives me out of the room.
"After not even five seconds, I was aware of this group's exquisitely bright tuning and the gentle atmosphere they create for Ravel's impressionist masterpiece. After repeating the opening phrase at a leisurely pace, they give a delicate surge of energy to the first theme before slightly retreating into the ineffably lovely second theme, as the cello in tenor range plays counterpoint to the violin, and the pianist gently generates waves of arpeggios."
"...the Piu Lento coda is a touch of heaven."
"The playing is warmly considered, meticulous in articulation and blend, and silken in sonority. [The players] gauge Schubert's brooding lines with affecting subtlety. They emphasise the music's contrasts of light and dark within a true chamber-music context, as if they're seated in the room feet away from your ears."
"They catch all the subtle, shimmering shades of the Ravel Trio, but this is essentially a young, virile and robust view of the score."
"Their approach to the Schubert is literal and free of those mannerisms that have become encrusted on the work over the years."
"The name "Icicle Creek" doesn't really do this piano trio justice. They perform with such fiery passion that there couldn't possibly be anything frozen within 100 yards of them....this stellar recording captures some truly stunning musicianship."