Press Quotes

'...a haunting claim for intimacy...to anyone who warms to introspection presented with an enviable taste and clarity, this recital is outstanding.'
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone magazine, Awards Issue, October 2010
 
 
'Saxel's playing is outstandingly, unfailingly musical, and wholly sympathetic to all three composers...I found it a genuine pleasure to listen to this disc, which I recommend most keenly.'
Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review
 
 
'...a spellbindingly eerie account of ‘Vogel als Prophet’...Saxel demonstrates a sensitive understanding of the composers’ idiosyncratic means of expression'
Erik Levi, BBC Music magazine, Christmas 2010
 
 
'Saxel's delicate phrasing is at its best in MacDowell's bucolic suite...'
Philip Sommerich - Classical Music magazine
 
 
'Oboe, horn and piano is a rare but oddly beguiling blend of timbres... but it can be richly rewarding, as demonstrated here by Polmear, Stirling and Saxel... Most engaging of all is Air Arabe by H Molbe (pseudonym of a Bach presumably seeking his own identity), a slow, Romantic waltz of wistful tone and lightness of touch.'
Andy Gill, Independent
 
 
'This Trio of British musicians showcases the art of playing chamber music at an extremely high level... [the CD] should be in the library of all who are interested in horn, oboe, and chamber music.'
Paul Austin, The Horn Call (USA)
 
 
'This is one of those surprising niche releases that affords considerable and unalloyed pleasure. The performances in every case are top-notch and utterly idiomatic, and set in a flattering recording space that provides good perspective and a bit of resonance... this release is enthusiastically recommended'
James A. Altena, Fanfare Magazine (USA)
 
 
'A warm and particularly delectable sound...mellifluous elegance...Meryon and Saxel performed with passion and intensity.'
Sunday Times
 
 
'Extraordinary to behold. Six pairs of eyes, watching, listening, timing each move to the split second...Breathtaking.'
Review of Piano Circus at the QEH, The Times