The members of the Van Baerle Trio met each other as students at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the ensemble has won many national and international competitions. Their pianist is Hannes Minnaar who has recently received superb reviews for his own recent release (KTC1432); “This is indeed an astonishing debut”. International Record Review.
“Their impression of freshness and affection makes for heart-warming listening. Piano buffs will enjoy Minnaar's exemplary light, firm passageworks in the French works, and even if occasionally one wants a fuller sound from the violin, then balance between the players promotes transparency and musical conversation.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 ****
“[Minnaar] is very much the dominant figure in the ensemble, a point enhanced by the forward balance of the piano. Nevertheless, the two string instruments are beautifully matched in both works, carolling above the firm foundation of the piano. What is striking about Minnaar's brilliant playing is the clarity even in the most elaborate textures...the players of the Van Baerle Trio play the piece with a rare intensity.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012
“[the players] have harnessed their diverse talents into a highly expressive unit, assisted by some tutoring from Menachem Presler, pianist of the fabled Beaux Arts Trio. This vital information helps explain the quality and insight of their playing in two hefty French works...Worth discovering.” The Observer, 20th May 2012