Ostsee Zeitung, 23/9/2015
Here the Boulanger Trio sounded audibly “at home”: spirited and highly energetic with that characteristic of overpowering directness so distinct in Sibelius and Kuula’s music. (…) An encore (Arvo Pärt: Mozart) and much applause – an illuminating evening.
Schwetzinger Zeitung, 29/9/2014
Their masterful playing highlighted that the ensemble has found its own musical language: expressive, emotional and moving.
Darmstädter Echo, 10/3/2014
At the Parktheater, the all-female trio from Berlin underlines in particular just how wonderfully this music seems to speak of the great and last things: from whisperings to important declarations with an enhanced sound intensity, their clever and cultivated playing captures everything that needs to be said and done. Just how the three musicians calmly savour the long movement of Schubert’s Piano Trio D898 touches the very heart of the composer’s work, his notion of a better world. (…) The “Boulanger Trio’s” rendition is certainly exciting, varied and flawless.
Luxemburger Tageblatt, 17.6.2013
The Boulanger Trio holds all the aces to compete with the legendary Beaux Arts Trio. They demonstrated this with a brilliant concert that was musically top-class.
Die Rheinpfalz, 25/2/2013
The Boulanger Trio presented works by Beethoven, Charles Ives and Schubert in extremely exciting performances. (…) The precision of their ensemble playing, the remarkably concise shaping of the musical contours and the refinement of the colouration were clear indications of this.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 19/11/2011
One rarely comes across such a consistent and dense interpretation of Shostakovich’s Piano Trio Op. 8/1. The four contrasting sections of this one-movement piece range from untamed scherzo rhythms to moderato passages of moving vocal quality. The challenge is to find an organic connection, to form an arc of seamless suspense under which the piece can evolve. Similarly the second encore: Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps: An enchanting narrative, delicate, yet gripping.
The ensemble‘s prominent feature is without a doubt their homogeneity in sound and approach, which can be problematic when a percussive piano and two string instruments encounter one another. This was not an issue here. (…) For each of the pieces the Boulanger Trio had a new kind of balance at its disposal. In Beethovens C minor Trio Op. 1/3, pianist Karla Haltenwanger withdrew into a pearl-like non legato, characteristic of the fortepiano, while Birgit Erz kept her violin part light and slender. Ilona Kindt’s cello supplied a foundation of carefully rising notes, alternating between the supporting role of Basso Continuo and that of an equal counterpart. The Boulanger Trio increased their dramatic expression in Brahms´ C minor Piano Trio Op. 101, where passion would sometimes erupt in powerful and copious surges of sound.