'Legendary' Beaux Arts Trio reviewed in The Observer
16th January 2005
Beaux Arts Trio (Warner Classics 2564 61492-2)
Violinists and cellists have come and gone, but pianist Menahem Pressler still anchors the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, which made its first recording all of 50 years ago. Now British violinist Daniel Hope succeeds such wonderful players as Daniel Guilet, Isadore Cohen, Ani Kavafian and Dong-Suk Kang, while Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses inherits the mantle of Bernard Greenhouse and Peter Wiley. In Dvorák's E minor trio, No 4, the 'Dumky', and Mendelssohn's first in D minor, the new combination sound as lush and unified as ever, with Menahem's benign authority bringing the best out in his gifted young colleagues.