A Gorgeous Debut from the Sibelius Piano Trio


…once you hear [The Sibelius Piano Trio’s debut album] from Yarlung Records, best appreciated via stereo and multi-channel DSD downloads from NativeDSD.com... you’ll understand why their debut recording of trios by Sibelius and contemporary composers deserves a place in your collection.

[Pianist Juho Pohjonen] is distinguished by deep sensitivity and lucid insights. Like him, violinist Petteri Iivonen (b. 1987) and cellist Samuli Peltonen (b. 1981) have won top prizes in national and international competitions, and used them to launch international careers. IIvonen is actually famed Finish composer Kaija Saariaho’s violinist of choice for her Violin Concerto, which is saying quite a lot.

Together, these three friends formed the Sibelius Piano Trio just two years ago. For a new ensemble that has only performed once in the U.S., and does not yet have a viable website, they’ve certainly racked up several impressive commissions. The discs contain three intriguing works written for them: Nene by Diego Schissi, Ruminations by David S. Lefkowitz, and Päärme by Lotta Wennäkoski.

… The recording was made by possible, in part, by distributor Philip O’Hanlon of On a Higher Note and his wife, Pandora Pang. Given music lover O’Hanlon’s relative proximity to Southern California’s Bob Attiyeh of Yarlung Records, and his dedication to high quality sound, he provided Yarlung’s Arian Jansen Studio with a Merging Technologies NADAC… to complement the Merging pro gear that Yarlung uses in the recording process.

…On my dCS Rossini/Scarlatti clock combo, which can play stereo material up to DSD 128 as well as DXD, I preferred the SonoruS DSD 128 files [SonoruS Holographic Imaging]. Any way you go, you will find the sound, recorded with Ted Ancona’s AKG C-24 stereo microphone outfitted with a special new-old-stock RCA 6072 vacuum tube, an Elliot Midwood vacuum-tube microphone preamplifier, SonoruS ATR12 analog tape recorder using Agfa 468 tape made by EMTEC, Merging Technologies Hapi converter recording DSD256 using Pyramix software, and cabling from Yarlung, Genesis Advanced Technologies, and Aural Symphonics, as smooth as can be.

–Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile

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