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10 February 2023
"You can entrust those pieces to Van Poucke and Vos, with violinist Niek Baar in the trio. The nature of their playing fits well with music and traditions from Rachmaninov's time anyway: clear, warm timbres and no fear of imprinting the personal stamp of one's own emotional life on it in the search for a timeless emotional narrative, which can also appeal to the listener in the present. The musicians are characters in a story."NRC, 03-3-2023
Rachmaninov's ten chamber works, two of them left incomplete, all date from his late teens or early twenties. The 2 Pieces, Op 2 - Prélude and Danse orientale for cello and piano – date from 1891-2.
The most widely performed of Rachmaninov's chamber compositions is the Cello Sonata. Rachmaninov completed this sonata in November 1901. On 2nd December the composer and the celebrated cellist Anatoly Brandukov, to whom the work is dedicated, gave the premiere in Moscow. Rachmaninov's sonata is a gem of the cello-sonata repertoire.
The first of Rachmaninov's two works entitled Trio élégiaque is believed to date from 1890-1. The manuscript bears the dates 18-21 January 1892, but it has been suggested that this probably refers to a late revision which he made before the premiere that month. Though the work of a teenager, this single-movement trio has some characteristic touches which anticipate Rachmaninov's mature style, while the confident piano-writing reflects his burgeoning virtuosity The influence of Tchaikovsky upon Rachmaninov's trio is evident.
The Ukrainian-Dutch composer Maxim Shalygin was born in Kamianske in 1985. He composed his Tristissima for Ella van Poucke. Shalygin has commented: “Certainly this is an unacceptable beauty today, one that can be on the borderline of vulgarity, while at the same time opening us up to some feelings that we often shy away from ourselves.”
You can entrust those pieces to Van Poucke and Vos, with violinist Niek Baar in the trio. The nature of their playing fits well with music and traditions from Rachmaninov's time anyway: clear, warm timbres and no fear of imprinting the personal stamp of one's own emotional life on it in the search for a timeless emotional narrative, which can also appeal to the listener in the present. The musicians are characters in a story.
Van Poucke and Vos are evenly matched and form an impressive duo that gives the compositions of Rachmaninov a new lease of life with great expression and refined empathy.
Music Frames, 22-2-2023
Here cellist Ella van Poucke and pianist Caspar Vos traverse the symphonic breadth of his Cello Sonata in a performance that sounds completely intuitive and at the same time full of depth. It's fantastic how they keep attuning their timbre to each other and let nostalgia and tenderness sparkle between fiery impulses and virtuoso outbursts.
De Volkskrant, 09-2-2023
With her lush sound, she ensures that the cello seems to crawl into your skin. You, like her as a performer, merge with the instrument.
De Standaard, 08-2-2023
A gift is also the beautiful playing of this extremely musical trio, which presents itself for these three works as intense, charismatic interpreters of an equally intense oeuvre. The extroverted character is nicely interspersed with chamber music intimacy, while excessive sentimentality is avoided. The close sense of structure also pays off here.
Opus Klassiek, 01-2-2023