Acclaim

SEQUENZA 21 NAMES LONGLEASH "BEST NEW RECORDING ARTISTS 2017"

by Christian B. Carey 

Published January 2018

 "Longleash plays vivaciously, expressively, and with keen virtuosity that extends to a host of extended techniques."

"Passage demonstrates that even in the midst of the advanced techniques now again in vogue in the early 21st century, there are a plethora of manners of deployment of these materials. The performers are top notch advocates for composers at the vanguard of the second modern movement. One can envision a bright future for both Longleash and the composers they champion."

Full review HERE

 

BEST OF BANDCAMP: CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL

by Peter Margasak

Published November 2017

"Longleash masterfully subvert one of classical music’s most treasured instrumental contexts—the piano/violin/cello trio—with a dazzling assortment of pieces collected from composers working around the globe on Passage, an album both bracing and tender. This instrumental setup was popular in the 19th century with composers like Schubert, Mendelssohn, and, especially Haydn (who wrote 45 works for such trios). Here, violinist Pala Garcia, cellist John Popham, and pianist Renate Rohlfing boldly reinvent the sound for the 21st century."

Full review HERE

 

TEXTURA

by Ron Schepper

Published October 2017

"On this fifty-five-minute collection, Garcia, Popham, and Rohlfing achieve something not only difficult but rather remarkable, too, in vividly maximizing the musicality and accessibility of uncompromisingly experimental pieces. To make such challenging material feel so inviting is a testament to Longleash's fully engaged performances of the works presented."

Full review HERE

 

 

THE ARTS DESK (UK)

by Graham Rickson

Published October 2017

"The playing is fearlessly accomplished, the most outré effects realised with confident ease."

Full review HERE

 

 

GAPPLEGATE CLASSICAL-MODERN MUSIC REVIEW

by Grego Applegate Edward

Published 2017

"The trio instrumentalists are put through their paces and handle the complexities with assurance and exceptional musicianship, so that the core of the music comes through with a speech-like naturalness, with phrasings that work together for a cohesive horizontal and vertical logic that is clear and directionally artful."

Full review HERE

STRAD MAGAZINE (UK)

by Bruce Hodges

Published August 2015

REVIEW

"And in Passing Through, Staying Put (2011) by Christopher Trapani, some lovely unison glissandos were followed by pointed pizzicatos, tumbling together in the hands of this expert young trio."

"...there was no denying the meticulous and subtle musicianship on display."

 

FEAST OF MUSIC

by Zoë Gorman

Published September 2013

REVIEW: Longleash Trio Examines Contrasting Timbres

"The Longleash Trio navigated an incredible breadth of musical styles with technical expertise and expressive innovation. Keep an eye out for future perfomances from them."

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PLAYLISTS FEATURING Passage:

Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise

Steve Smith: The Log Journal

Peter Margasak: Chicago Reader

 

ACCLAIM FOR SCOTT WOLLSCHLEGER'S Soft Aberration:

-New and Notable Recordings 2017 (Alex Ross, The New Yorker)

-Sequenza 21 names Soft Aberration "Best Chamber Portrait CD 2017"

"The piano trio Longleash is a powerhouse. They present Wollschleger’s ostinato-laden Brontal Symmetry with kinetic verve and an eye towards detail. The work’s more active passages are eruptive. Just as you think that the groove is locked in, a beautifully meditative section interrupts the inexorable gallop with haloing harmonics and the introduction of less dissonant harmonies. Eventually, the opening material returns, now transformed to contain less symmetry. Slowly, the gears grind to a halt."

Full review HERE